Science Education Workshop, Freetown, Sierra Leone 2012

The first Science Education workshop in Sierra Leone, West Africa was organized by Bridget Bannerman-Chukualim, Schlumberger Faculty for the Future Fellow and PhD student, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, 24 to 26 April 2012.

Workshop Highlights:

  • Quiz competitions in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics
  • Science Essay competition
  • Discussion forums
  • Keynote speeches
  • Prize giving ceremonies
  • Poster session

Students from Sierra Leone put forward essays a year ago, when the preparations for the workshop started, on the topic: Science Education in Sierra Leone, current limitations and future development.

The essay entries, which were sent directly to University of Cambridge, were marked by Professor Mark Carrington from the Department of Biochemistry and Dr Jenny Koenig, Lucy Cavendish College.

The winners were unanimously agreed upon;

1st prize: Alusine M Sesay King Fahad Islamic School (£250.00)
2nd prize: Dauda Tholley, Albert Academy (£150.00)
3rd prize: Alie Momoh Baminhoma, Sierra Leone Grammer School (£50.00)

The school prize for essay competition went to Albert Academy

The winners of the Science and Mathematics quiz competition were:

1stprize: Annie Walsh Memorial school

2nd prize: Methodist Boys High School

Sponsorship and acknowledgement from:

  1. Professor Mark Carrington, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge: Essay competition cash prizes and scoring of essay competition
  2. Dr Stephen Middleton, University of Cambridge: School prizes – Text books in Mathematics and the various sciences
  3. Dr Jenny Koenig, mentor and scoring of essay competition
  4. Festus Bannerman Education Foundation: Complimentary prizes to all participants

Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the future: PhD grant to Bridget Chukualim

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