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safety gog­gles for the pupils who are han­dling the equip­ment.

Ev­ery­thing is housed in­side poly­styrene com­part­ments, which fit into a sturdy card­board case. A book­let that de­scribes the ex­per­i­ments and which is based on the school cur­ricu­lum is in­cluded in the kit.

The idea is that there should be no more than five pupils per kit to max­imise the hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence. It is now avail­able in 15 schools.

Mpofu be­lieves that sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy are crit­i­cal to build­ing the econ­omy be­cause in­no­va­tion is founded on sci­en­tific dis­cov­ery and orig­i­nal think­ing, which, in turn, are founded on a good foun­da­tion in sci­ence education.

“If we can’t get that right,” she says, “then we’re go­ing to re­main the way we are – al­ways de­pen­dent on some­one else and some other coun­try to cre­ate some­thing new, which we then buy.”

– Fin­week

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