To Educate Is to Drive Change
Bringing scientific education to developing nations for a brighter and more collaborative future
A Bakarr Kanu | | Opinion
I joined Chemists Without Borders because of their mission statement – it fits incredibly well with my personal goals regarding community development. In October 2015, I took over the Ongley-Myers Sierra Leone Chemistry Education Project (OMSLCEP), a name coined in honor of the two former leaders of the project (Lois Ongley and Rusty Myers, both of whom sadly passed away).
OMSLCEP seeks to provide chemistry education in developing nations that people can then apply to their daily lives and teach others. The ultimate aim? To allow them to make improvements in their own country. Sierra Leone remains the focus of these efforts at present; like many developing nations, Sierra Leone was subject to a civil war that caused great disruption to its educational infrastructure. And, although most students in the region retain a strong theoretical background in chemistry, they still lack a laboratory framework in which they can develop the associated practical skills.
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About the Author
A Bakarr Kanu
Associate Professor, Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina, USA