Science Circus Africa began in 2013, piloting its first project in 2014 and first major project in 2015. The program is ongoing, with plans to visit Zimbabwe, Tanzania and other countries in future.
2015 major project – Mauritius, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi
The project ran from 3 May to 15 July 2015 (approximately 10.5 weeks). In total, the program reached 41367 people in five countries, including
- 37392 students in science shows
- 2843 general public/families in science shows/exhibitions
- 451 general public/families in workshops
- 519 teachers trained in professional development workshops
- 162 African science communicators trained, many over several weeks
- Distributing 3200 Teacher Resource Booklets.
- Distributed thousands of magnets donated by Australian company AMF Magnetics along with other educational resources to hundreds of schools.
In addition, the 2014 pilot reached 11367 people including training of 125 staff.
Ongoing impacts – what’s happened since the Circus left?
The key goal of the project is lasting impact in Africa through ongoing programs by our African partner organisations.
In both South Africa and Mauritius (countries that were already running programs) we have seen a range of improvements to the programs they are delivering, including new workshops and science shows.
In Zambia, Malawi and Botswana, the focus countries for capacity building and recipients of the major donations and intensive staff training, we have already seen substantial results. Our partners have achieved:
Botswana: The Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) has toured shows for schools and community organisations, displayed the exhibition and run teacher workshops/professional development. About 3000 students and teachers – and counting – have benefited from these programs over a wide area of Botswana. These programs are ongoing. Staff have visited science centres in South Africa in preparation for creation of a permanent science centre in Botswana. See pictures of the BIUST run programs (pdf).
Zambia: Ducere Foundation’s Linda Community School has performed multiple school shows and community exhibitions (see pictures) reaching over 1000 people. Evidence shows teachers have changed their teaching methods a nd that, significantly, teacher training colleagues have changed the way they are training teachers to include more practical science. These outcomes are ongoing.
Malawi: The Museum of Malawi has run shows and exhibitions reaching approximately 2000 students per month. The exhibition is now a permanent fixture at the Museum of Malawi, Blantyre. Planning is currently underway for the creation of Malawi’s first science centre.