[Translate to francais:] Background

Nearly two decades after the Global Microscience Programme was launched by UNESCO and the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) in 1996, the microscience approach has been introduced into 72 countries, many of them in Africa.

The Teaching and Learning Packages were developed and promoted by UNESCO thanks to its strong relationships with different non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations world-wide. These materials are accessible, free of charge both to teachers and students to use as basic practical science resources. They are easily adaptable to suit the needs of National Curricula in accordance with national education standards.

The project, in existence for several years, has gone from strength to strength, as new materials are added and awareness of the need for practical microscience experiences grows. Many countries have benefited from the introductory microchemistry workshops and training courses, all of which have had positive review by local experts and teachers alike. In some countries, Microscience Centres have been established to further develop the microscience project.

At the present time, the available microscience materials provide coverage of all educational levels: from primary to all of the secondary level (and university/tertiary level in some cases). These materials include chemistry, physics (microelectricity resources) and biology teaching. There are also many language versions available of specific microscience materials, indicating world community interest to develop the project further.

We would like to extend thanks to all UNESCO National Commissions and the many donors and partners who have made it possible to provide free use of these materials via this website. We especially thank the RADMASTE Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), International Organisation for Chemical Sciences in Development (IOCD) and the International Foundation for Science Education (IFSE).

Maciej Nalecz, Executive Secretary, SC/PCB/IBS M.Nalecz(at)unesco.org
Khodabux Imteyaz, Project Coordinator, SC/BES, i.khodabux(at)unesco.org

Technical Partner: Beverly Bell, Executive Director, International Foundation for Science Education (IFSE), UNESCO-Associated Centre for Microscience Experiments, The RADMASTE Centre, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, beverly.bell@wits.ac.za

Articles:

  • Small is Beautiful (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU)
  • Mini-laboratories for the Middle-East (2007, EN, ES, RU)
  • Practical Laboratory Work: to Be or not to Be? (2003, EN, FR)
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