The importance of science lessons | Mission Direct

The importance of science lessons

Just like in our education system there is a breadth to the curriculum covering a wide array of subjects, schools in Africa are also trying to ensure that their children are prepared for their future by teaching more than just reading, writing and arithmetic.

One way that Mission Direct supports this is by helping schools to be able to teach computer lessons and science lessons. Where possible, we have built science labs for schools so that the subject can be taught in a safe and appropriate way.  These classrooms need to have built-in desks made from materials that will not corrode or burn when subjected to flames or toxic substances. These rooms also need gas taps and washing facilities with the necessary plumbing for these. Additionally, there needs to be appropriately safe and secure storage of potentially hazardous materials.

Teaching science effectively is an essential ingredient for African schools to develop their next generation of innovators, so that Africa can build on its increasing home-grown scientific community.

The ability to teach science effectively is also important for the schools. In many African countries, schools cannot be registered with the government if they do not have a science lab and this has a knock on effect on their ability to get government funding for teacher’s salaries. As a consequence, although these schools can exist and their children can take their national exams, the schools struggle to pay their teachers so struggle to recruit or retain them.

Please help us to continue to provide these resources to schools in the poorest communities in Africa, by making a donation today. Thank you.

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