This is the 1st blog in our series showcasing the winners of the African Union ‘Innovating Education in Africa’ program.
The Chemistry-in-Action (CIA) kit is a cost-effective, curriculum-aligned chemistry kit designed to motivate learners in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
The kit provides learners with a hands-on experience that is often lacking in school-level study of science. The hope is that having a practical experience with study can spark interest in STEM as a future career.
Africans are underrepresented in global science, and within African countries, access to quality science education is often challenging and imbalanced. The STEM expertise currently prevalent across the African continent, does not meet its needs, and most scientific technologies and services are imported.
UNESCO and the World Bank estimate gross underrepresentation in science from African countries, and while there has been positive change in the current millennium, documentary evidence illustrates that these gains are a slow rebound from a steep decline in African contributions to science over the past four decades (Mouton, 2008).