• Science is set to change lives for Ghana’s schoolkids

    We believe education is the best route out of poverty, so we’re delighted to be working with Lightyear Foundation on their science lab-with-a-difference project in West Africa.

    Lab_13 is their scheme to ignite passion, stir up curiosity and mix ideas to create future industry leaders, and it’s being launched in Ghana this month.

    It’s not about learning science out of textbooks but by getting hands-on and doing experiments to find out how things work.

    Organised by Lightyear Foundation and Ignite! and run by a team of passionate scientists (including two from the UK) and a student committee in Ghana, Lab_13 paves the way for youngsters to step up and lead their nation’s science industry via a journey of exploration and experimentation.

    The idea is simple – empower students, teachers and communities by showing how local, cheap and easily accessible materials can be used to bring the high school curriculum to life. All activities are led by the curiosity and questions of the children, so they learn through doing, questioning, imagining and testing.

    More than 230 pupils in Ghana will get to use the dedicated science lab at Agape Academy in the Bosomtwe District, and British pupils can take part too via special video link sessions.

    This is the first Lab_13 outside of the UK so it’s wonderful to help this exciting idea grow and develop.

    And who knows where it could go – all those inquisitive minds finding out about the world via hands-on activities will surely become the next generation of passionate scientists and lead the way in all sorts of arenas.

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