Basic Sciences Education
One of the pressing matters on the list of targets of Science Education is the global outreach to the younger generation, as the steady decline of enrollment of young people in science is cause for concern. It by in this endeavor that UNESCO’s work in Science Education aims to make a difference.
Providing a sound basis in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry enables the youth to pursue their goals, regardless of their background. A socially responsible future generation will need to have these qualities instilled at an early level, to be able to apply all the standards and models that today’s scientists are working on, whether environmental or societal. Microscience kits are distributed through teaching workshops as part of the Global Microscience Project, which hopes to instill quality demonstrative abilities and interest on the teaching level, resulting in increased participation from the student’s side. One such workshop is Active Learning in Optics and Photonics (ALOP), a highly adaptable workshop, held in different developing countries, enhancing participants’ capacities to train and educate through application of the successful program.
Following the International Year of Mathematics (2000) UNESCO collaborated with the French organization Centre Sciences to develop the International Traveling Mathematical Exhibition (ITEMS). Presented successfully in over 32 different countries, it attracted over 1.2 million visitors and over 20,000 teachers from Southern and West Africa, China and East Asia, Latin America, Russia and Western Europe.
The World Library of Science, in association with the Nature Publishing Group, is a transformative resource for secondary and university-level students, promising a database for current, high quality, research based information on all concepts of life and physical sciences.
With the support of its partners, UNESCO works on preparing the future generation in many ways: their contributions give momentum to regional networking events which are a key player in the development of the exchange between governments and the private sector. These partners, some of which are scientific research institutes, facilities and centers help mobilize the energy of the youth, and the enthusiasm and quality of educators.