Delegates from twelve African countries attended the opening ceremony of a representative council meeting of the Science Education Programme for Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, on Monday (24 July).
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SV & CU Ghanaian delegates
CU Ethiopian ditto
CU Delegates from Zambia & Tanzania
SV Nigerian delegates
SV Liberian ditto
CU Kenyan ditto
SV ZOOM TO CU Bakari speaking
BAKARI: "Mr Chairman, ladies and gentlemen. It given me great pleasure to welcome you to Nigeria, and in particular to Lagos, our federal capital. It will be recalled that the predecessor of this organisation, the African Primary Science Programme (APSP) was born in this country -- in the dry atmosphere of the historic adversity of...indistinct. Although, I have to add, it may have been conceived elsewhere in view of...indistinct, in our initial borders. It is a small world after all, and the objective of APSP is there twice welcome. It feels like a home-coming, not only for the scientific education programme for Africa, but also for some of the representatives whose names suggest some Nigerian connections. We in Nigeria are very conscious of the need for cooperation in all fields among African countries. Working together, we can overcome the handicap of our late awakening, and the limitation of our inadequate resources in skill and power, the work of the APSP has already justified this view. African scientists working with their counterparts in the United States and Britain have already produced science teaching materials and ideas which have revolutionised the classrooms of many an African primary school right across the Continent."
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Background: Delegates from twelve African countries attended the opening ceremony of a representative council meeting of the Science Education Programme for Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, on Monday (24 July).
The organisation, known as SEPA, has as its major objective the improvement of the learning of science at all education levels in Africa.
At the opening ceremony, the Federal Education Commissioner for Nigeria, A.Y. Eke, said that science had been a big help to the African child. In a speech read by the Chief Federal Adviser on education, Mr Bakari, the Commissioner said that children had acquired, through science, the freedom to think and to discover the "nothingness of superstition".
The Science Education Programme for Africa was established in February 1970. It developed out of the African Primary Science Programme which had been in existence since 1965.