News | Education 12.04.2011

Teachers at German international schools in South Africa enthusiastic about MINT experiments

“All of the participants were quite enthusiastic about the training,” commented Daniell Dettloff, the regional coordinator for continuing education, and he thanked the two instructors for their outstanding work. At the beginning of March, they conducted a three-day continuing education course for teachers, sponsored by the Siemens Stiftung, at the Deutsche Internationale Auslandsschule in Johannesburg. A total of 26 educators and teaching staff from Johannesburg and Pretoria received extensive training on conducting science experiments in preschools and primary schools, and how to expand upon those experiments at the secondary school level.

This continuing education course consists of several modules containing age-appropriate focus topics in the fields of energy, health, environment, and technology. Participating schools receive experiment kits, worksheets, and digital media from the Siemens Stiftung. In a final evaluation of the continuing education course, participants were asked to assess how much they had learned, how understandable the instruction was, the presentation, and, finally, the overall relevance of the training. “After holding events in Cape Town, Costa Rica, Peru, and Argentina, this was the fifth continuing education course for teachers that we have held,” explained Maria Schumm-Tschauder, project manager at Siemens Stiftung. “In the field of MINT education, we are focusing on working with German international schools, as they are locally recognized and renowned educational institutions that work closely with preschools and primary schools."

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