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Money does 'grow on trees'. By growing indigenous trees, The Trees for Fees programme helps pay school fees. 

What does that word mean? Simply SMS your query to Mobidic, the mobile dictionary. 

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From laggard to world class: reforming maths and science education in South Africa's schools

"Olympic" medals for South African Maths Team

A South African teenager won the grand prize in an Africa-wide youth writing contest on the theme "A Full Food Basket for Africa by 2020".

New tools in the science classroom for practical teaching.

Stimulating an enthusiasm for medicine. Introducing an interactive, practical junior medical  course.

Brain awareness week events and competition.

Six UCT students are spearheading an initiative to provide a much-needed, up-to-date mathematics, physics, and chemistry 'textbook' to all Grade 12 pupils for free.

Intel has launched its third Computer Clubhouse in Phefeni in Orlando West, Soweto to provide education and training in IT for disadvantaged people.

Organic chemistry is not such a tough subject to learn. You just need to go step by step, says educator.

October 4- 10 celebrates World Space Week. Find out about events and competitions.

October 10th is World Mental Health Day

Intel's mobile technology truck launched. It will travel to various venues in South Africa. Hop on board to learn about technology.

It's elementary: how people, places, planets, mythical gods and the Orient have inspired the naming of the elements from California to behind the then Iron Curtain.

Open access to scientific research. Is a solution at hand?

SA "Science Oscar's" winner explores THE question: Why don't kids learn maths and science successfully?

Expo winners at Intel International fair

A mobile biology laboratory is launched in SA to bring hands on practicals to disadvantaged learners.

South African university space science programme takes off

10th International Mathematics Competition for University Students

National Science, Engineering and Technology week kicks off. For more information on events near you, visit

Win at Sasol Scifest - Rhodes university scholarships for quizz winners

Teaching evolution in schools "not a priority". What's your say?

55 - 60% of 1st year further education students and post matric job seekers
have never touched a keyboard! Find out about Monash Learningfast

A New Web-based Physical Science Resource for South African Schools

Regional haze over the Highveld project - enlisting school pupils in climate change research

Dates set for Mintek Science Quiz

13th Pan African Mathematics Olympiad of the African Mathematical Union

Book Review: Working With Wonder 'A Handbook for Holistic Education in Natural Sciences'

Understanding solar eclipses

Educators get ready for Eclipse-watching - 4th December 2002. 

Get pupils motivated for the 4th December 2002 solar eclipse.

International Conference Celebrates Diversity in Science and Technology Communication

HIV/AIDS education in schools has not achieved significant behaviour change, despite high levels of knowledge among students, a study has found.

Soul Buddyz 2 now on TV, deals with issues including the Environment, HIV/AIDS and  Learning Disabilities.

A Careers, Education and Training Faire that will transform the career seeking process into a brand new dimension of advice and opportunities will take place from February to May 2003.

New Masters programme in ICT policy and regulation for Southern Africa

Imvelo Yethu - Our Nature.  SABC educational TV to teaches young viewers to take responsibility for the environment

SA interprovincial mathematics results

Basic or applied sciences?  Scientists from the Centre for High Energy Physics argue that basic sciences should take as high a priority as the applied sciences in developing countries. 

SA pupils shine at International Maths Olympiad

A leading South African cosmologist tackles the fundamental questions on the universe in new web-site.

What do you mean pH = -1? How best can we teach pH in the classroom?

Educators get up to speed with new books. New help guides for Mathematics Olympiads.

Amesa Mathematics Challenge announces dates.

Young designers tackling real challenges in South Africa win SABS design awards

Vega Trust puts Science TV on the web.

Professional development for Mathematics Teachers

HIV/AIDS and Education in a vicious cycle

7th International Conference on Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Network - Call for abstracts from science communicators.

Third international Conference on Science, Mathematics and Technology Education

South Africa scoops gold medals at the Pan African Mathematics Olympiad

The competitive spirit thrives at this year's Sasol Scifest : prizes for teachers and students.

Agenda 21 Now: An international internet conference for students aged 14 + 

Mission Science Tech - Science in Action on School TV. 

Star Maths - an out of this world experience!

Great offer for Teachers attending the Sasol Scifest 13 - 19 March 2002

Sasol-Science in Africa presents the Sir Ion Science Quiz for high school pupils. Competition details here. 
Mintek's Science quiz dates announced

Mintek embarks on Adopt-a-school Project

Maths and Science Teachers Vacation School

Harmony Gold South African Maths Olympiad

Wits produces "Healthy Me" TV series.

ThinkQuest Web Awards announced.

Archimedes and EasyScience, FEST's popular science magazines - subscribe now.

One of the authors of the new Sasol Science and Technology Resource for science with some advice for science teaching in Africa.

First Announcement of 7th International Conference on Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Network to be held in Cape Town, South Africa.

Takalani Sesame, a pilot project to provide greater access to resources for parents, caregivers and educators in providing children with early learning experiences takes off.

A report back on the recent Pan African Mathematics Olympiad.

Information and contact details for teachers wishing to enter learners for the South African Maths Olympiad.

The Learning channel: An innovative approach to educating South Africa.  A winning combination: their multimedia approach to learning : from TV to the internet. 

A distant mirror: Maths education in South Africa as seen through the eyes of a foreign visitor who held a summer maths school to learners and teachers.

Somerset Educational is taking a lead in innovative and fun products for science education. Read about their latest simulated HIV ELISA kit - developed to increase understanding of the disease rampant in Southern Africa.

Face of a killer- meet the  HIV model created for teaching purposes.

Science Education in Crisis. Following much research, Johnny Muwange-Zake takes an in-depth and critical look into the problems faced in our science classrooms.   
Report on the First National Science and Technology Conference, South Africa by the Co-ordinator and chairman, Matseliso Semmelink.

DACST, South Africa: Innovative awards scheme for Public Understanding of Science Programmes

Book Review: An introduction to South Africa's geological and mining heritage, a useful field guide for teachers of Earth Sciences. 

Links to science education institutes across Africa as well as links to science courses and resources on the web.

A Mathematics Renaissance? Prof John Webb reports on the First Symposium of the Pan African Mathematics Olympiad and discusses South Africa's role.


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