UCT hosts Africa's first GLOBE Learning Expedition

25 June 2008 | Story by Chris McEvoy

GLOBE students
Global concern: Students from the Model Secondary School for the Deaf and the Indiana School for the Deaf deliver their presentation at the GLOBE programme's Learning Expedition, held at UCT

UCT is hosting a conference of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) project, running the first GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE) to be held in Africa from 22 to 27 June.

GLOBE, the world's largest international science education project, which was founded 15 years ago by Al Gore, teaches primary and secondary students science skills through collaboration in a global network of over 100 participating nations. This year's GLE attracted more than 300 students and GLOBE scientists and educators from GLOBE partner countries.

This year's theme is "Research for Sustainable Communities". GLOBE students will present their research on the fundamental issue of balancing the fulfillment of human needs with the protection of the natural environment.

Programme highlights include an address by NASA's Drs Jack Kaye and Ming Ying Wei, as well as Eugene Cussons, managing director of Chimpanzee Eden and rescue director of the Jane Goodall Institute.

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