The Context

The context

Education is the best way to pave the way for a rapid sustainable development of a country. Education leads to innovation and new opportunities. It can improve the quality of life in many different ways, ranging from prevention to contract infectious diseases to lower the probabilities of malnutrition or preserve our environment. Education in countries with a low index of development is made difficult by numerous correlated external factors including poverty and child labor.

Access to electricity or running water is quite a challenge in a good number of schools, and availability of didactic materials is low both for teachers and students, especially in rural areas. This makes lessons teacher-centered with students memorizing concepts without fully understanding them.

Local teachers have good intentions, but they often did not receive proper education or training. Most of them are not theoretically and practically equipped to propose hands-on education.

Many projects are currently ongoing worldwide to rise the education level and make it more accessible to all children.

A significant amount of these programs is aimed at provision of didactic materials, building of facilities and training of local teachers, but it is rarely about science subjects.

The importance of teaching science practically is often underestimated and it is also a common thought that science activities can be carried out only by employing expensive materials.