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Sasol embraces International Year of Chemistry

The Year of Chemistry (IYC) 2011 was an initiative of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Sasol’s involvement in the project made them the largest African sponsor and supporter of the initiative.

To commence Sasol’s IYC celebration, the Chemical Industries Resource Pack was introduced and distributed to over 5000 secondary schools across the country. The pack was developed in partnership with the University of Cape Town (UCT), DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Catalysis and PetroSA. In collaboration with UCT, Sasol hosted training workshops throughout the country to ensure that educators were able to use the packs accurately and dynamically. The packs included a teachers’ guide, an interactive DVD, a school research project with marking guidelines, a set of practical investigations, a set of posters and a periodic table for classroom display. Due to the overwhelming response from educators and learners, the project will continue in 2012.

Pamilla Mudhray, Sasol’s group community affairs manager says, “Among the host of technological advancements which have changed our course of history, the root has almost always been education. In this regard, Sasol hopes to inspire a new generation of critical thinkers who will contribute positively to the world of science.

Acknowledging water as a scarce commodity, Sasol supported the IYC effort by bringing the Global Water Experiment (GWE) to 200 schools from rural and impoverished communities in South Africa. The experiment was rolled out in schools across the world, potentially making it the largest chemistry experiment ever conducted. The GWE included four water quality and treatment experiments which tested pH and salinity, and offered an introduction into purifying water through sand filtration and solar distillation.

A School Water Saving Competition formed part of the GWE, aimed at raising awareness around the Global Water Crisis and water losses in local communities. Laboratory equipment worth R220 000 was awarded to six winning schools where pupils showed a high level of participation and willingness to change behavior around water use. Sasol was supported by five regional partners where educators were given training on how to conduct the experiments as well as chemistry packs to resource their schools.

Also on Sasol’s IYC agenda this year was the 11th annual Sasol Techno X – aimed at inspiring learners around the subjects of mathematics, science and technology. Nearly 23 000 students from 300 schools across the country experienced four days of dynamic practical exposure, making it one of the largest career exhibitions in its field. Through a series of interactive sessions and workshops, grade 7 – 12 learners were able to grasp the reality of the focus topics through its many practical applications.

Two interactive exhibitions were created for Sasol Techno X, one to showcase Sasol’s value chain of products created through chemistry and a second display unpacking the water cycle and how chemistry may help to respond to our global crisis for shortages and pollutions. The exhibitions have since travelled to the Sci Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown where it was exposed to a further 5 000 learners from the Gauteng Province.

In support of government’s call to create a knowledge-based economy, Sasol participated in the Department of Science and Technology’s career road show around chemistry, which reached an additional 500 learners in two additional provinces. The towns of Bisho and Kimberley were chosen so these isolated communities could also be included in career opportunities involving chemistry.

“Under the IYC banner, Sasol has been afforded the opportunity to collectively demonstrate its commitment to education around mathematics, science and technology. We look forward to our efforts reaping sustainable results beyond the IYC campaign.” concludes Mudhray.


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