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our life, our future

For this special issue, we welcome our colleagues from Africa and Near-Middle-East. A co-guests' Group foreword shared by two women, Profs. Nagwa Nawar from Egypt and Liliana Mammino from South Africa, and on behalf of the co-Guests' group.

Thank to them for their valuable contributions and actions, and thank to all contributors providing material to our co-guests and representing many places in this wide continent.

Access the 2011 editorial programme.
Pascal Mimero, Editor, ESCPE Lyon, France (E.U.)

Forewords from the North ... to the South !

News from ...
Congo | Egypt | Israel | Kenya | Kuwait | Mauritius | Niger | Nigeria | South-Africa | Tanzania

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Dear EC2E2N NewsLetter Readers,

From the North ...

I was delighted to be invited to be the co-guest editor in the Special Edition: "AME" Africa & Middle-East (October's edition) of the NewsLetter of EC2E2N.

Let me begin by thanking our resident editor Dr. Pascal Mimero for all his great effort and encouragement. I would also like to thank all who have contributed to this edition and particularly Prof. Ponadurai Ramasami (Mauritius) U. Mauritius, Reduit; Prof. Abdulaziz Alnajjar (Kuwait Chemical Society), Adeilia; Prof. Liliana Mammino (South-Africa) U. Venda, Thohoyandou and Dr. Jacinta A. Opara (Nigeria), Omeri.

When I was asked to act as a co-guest editor of the present issue of the NewsLetter, I did not know we had to face an amazing time of change and transition of Egypt after the 25th of January; by random chance, this date was very close to the opening ceremony of the celebration of the International Year of Chemistry 2011. What happened in Egypt was Chemistry and formation of bonds between the Egyptian people. I have seen functioning teamwork almost everywhere (especially when I became an associate member in ECTN) except in Egypt, but all that changed after seeing the team spirit in Tahrir square (see attached photo).

To understand the relation between chemical bonding and structures

Tahrir has inspired the whole world and has reaffirmed my conviction that in Egypt we can do anything if we put our minds to it. I had always tried to plant this idea into the minds of my students and tried to direct their energy into productive channels, but seeing this - to me - was like a sign from God to all of us to keep working, keep persisting and we are all here to do exactly that.

Let's first go over what we are trying to accomplish, and to do that let me tell you a little story that has happened over the span of the past few month.

In early June this year, the Fulbright Science Circle, in cooperation with the Mansoura University Faculty of Science, visited the Halayeb Factory for Dairy Products and Juice at New Damietta. The idea of this visit emerged as a result of the circle's recent seminar on "Science and Industry" which aimed to foster relations between Egypt's scientific and industrial communities.

Our goal is to establish communication through seminars, field visits, and whatever means necessary between academics, research institutes, companies and industries in an effort to improve Egypt's scholarly environment and research mechanism to inspire change through knowledge and exchange of facilities. In short our goal is to create a meaningful "network of networks" to solve a number of Egypt's most pressing national problems, namely; energy, food and water. It is through programs like the one we went through with EC2E2N that we will make this goal a reality.

To help us achieve this goal we have to organize seminars concerning the great progress occurred last two decades for ECTN. We have also moved out to market the ideas to universities and research centres like the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology and National Research Centre (NRC).

There is, in fact, such a wealth of ideas and initiatives in the various working groups and groups of interest of the Network going so often obscured by the importance of the activities associated with its major missions that I decided to put them (at least for once) in the foreground. In fact, even if it is true that the development of Egyptian model is based on its history, the most important mission is the Network, and we had to use the benefit of the discovered activities on those days, in fostering the qualification of higher education studies in Egypt.

Co-Guest Editor

Prof. Nagwa Nawar
Leader of Fulbright Science Circle Alumni
Associate member in ECTN and EC2E2N
Professor of Organometallic and Inorganic Chemistry
Faculty of Science, Mansoura University
Mansoura 35516, Egypt
Tel.: +2050-2241224  - Cell Phone: 0122769432

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... to the South !

When I was invited to be one of the guest editors for the issue of EC2E2N NewsLetters devoted to Africa and the Middle East (October's issue) I was quite delighted and grateful, but also somewhat overwhelmed by the vastness of the objectives as I perceived them.

The main perception was the importance of trying to be as representative as possible. There is a lot going on concerning chemistry in Africa: chemistry education, the activities of national Chemical Societies, the initiatives to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry, research and practical initiatives giving chemistry a leading role in the commitments for sustainable development, ongoing research, research capacity building in various areas and the initialization of new research areas, interesting interfaces between chemistry and other research areas (e.g., between chemistry, microbiology and Indigenous Knowledge Systems in the study of natural products, above all of those utilized in traditional medicine), and many others. Making even just a brief reference to each of them would require a lot of space and a lot of time.

So, the question was how to expand representativeness without resorting to mere lists of activities, but trying to attain a plurality of "voices", so as to convey at least a first-approximation image of the diversity and richness of what is going on.

I decided to avoid the anonymity of utilizing mailing lists for which I would not have personal acquaintances, and instead to contact colleagues from different countries with whom I had already had previous contacts, with the invitation to prepare one or more contributions highlighting interesting aspects of chemistry in their countries.

Not everybody managed to send a contribution in time (most of us are so work-overloaded that it may be difficult to keep a deadline even for something short). But several contributions have arrived (from Congo, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, ...) and they present chemistry through different realities. The objective of full representativeness (one contribution for each country) is likely non-realistic; but what we have attained - altogether - can be viewed as a sampling capable of giving enough glimpses to suggest the richness of the overall picture. And it constitutes by itself a worthy celebration of the International Year of Chemistry.

Co-Guest Editor

Prof. Liliana Mammino
Department of Chemistry, University of Venda
Thohoyandou 0950, South Africa

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African & Near-Middle-Eastern Countries



Congo | Egypt | Israel | Kenya | Kuwait | Mauritius | Niger | Nigeria | South-Africa | Tanzania


Our Guests' references ...

  • Dr. Abdulazziz Alnajjar
    Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
    College of Technological Studies
    Public Authority for Applied Education & Training
    P O Box: 34484, Adeilia, 73255 Kuwait

  • Dr. Jacinta A. Opara
    Visiting Associate Professor, Universidad Azteca, Mexico; and President, African Association for Teaching and Learning.

  • Prof. Liliana Mammino
    Italian, Professor at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Venda, in South Africa - field of specialization: theoretical/computational chemistry & strong interest in chemical education - worked in Universities in Sub Saharan Africa since 1988.

  • Prof. Nagwa Nawar
    Leader of Fulbright Science Circle Alumni
    Associate member in ECTN and EC2E2N
    Professor of Organometallic and Inorganic Chemistry
    Faculty of Science, Mansoura University, Mansoura 35516, Egypt

  • Dr. Rachel Mamlok-Naaman
    Coordinator of the chemistry group
    Department of Science Teaching
    The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, 76100; Israel

  • Dr. Ponnadurai Ramasami
    Department of Chemistry, University of Mauritius, Reduit.

  • Research Prof. (Emer.) Uri Zoller
    Chemistry & Science Education, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Haifa University - Oranim, Kiryat Tivon, Israel


  News from Congo

Proposed by Liliana Mammino
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Chemistry and Chemist in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
By Ms Mireille Bilonda Kabuyi, Researcher at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, UNIKIN, DRCongo

Any nation can be developed without considering consciously the contribution of sciences and technology, in particular chemical sciences in the well being of the human kind. As chemistry studies properties, composition and transformation of matter; it interferes in multidisciplinary sciences. Nowadays in many countries, Chemistry and Chemists occupy a central position in daily life offering diverse products which make easier life and solving many human problems. In contrast, this is not the case in DRC; many (...)

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   News from Egypt

Proposed by Nagwa Nawar
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IYC Women in chemistry
By Nagwa Nawar

On January 18th, 2011, Chemistry Department, Mansoura University held breakfast meeting for a group of Women Chemists (staff members, researchers, students and representatives of industry). There were great discussions and we had the opportunity to chat through Skype with some women at UNESCO Office, Cairo, Egypt. We started the meeting with the question, why we held breakfast for Women? The answer was because women chemists all around the world were doing the same thing, Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time. As a member in the Egyptian National Committee of the International Year of Chemistry IYC 2011, I delivered a speech in which I gave an idea about (...)


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School Activities
By Nagwa Nawar

For encouraging young people, from pre-school children up to university students to express their feeling about Chemistry, Lycée La Liberté d'Alexandrie arranged a Stamp and Drawing Competition that expresses the identity of Egypt and represents the unifying theme of the International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011) "Chemistry-our life, our future" (...)


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Posters represent usefulness and wonder of chemistry
By Nagwa Nawar

The winner of the first position in Mansoura University is Miss Shymaa Zakaria Tantawy, 4th year student at the Faculty of Science. She has submitted her poster and others from different Faculties and Departments of Chemistry. The Committee chose six posters. Chemistry Department arranged an exhibition to let the visitors vote for the best poster that would emphasize the usefulness and wonder of chemistry. The final decision was taken depending on two (...)


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Fulbright Science Circle Activities
By Nagwa Nawar

As Fulbright Science Circle Alumni Leader in cooperation with the members of the Circle and with the support and encouragement of Fulbright Commission in Cairo, we arranged many activities to establish communication through seminars, field visits, and whatever means necessary between academics, research institutes, companies and industries in an effort to improve Egypt's scholarly environment and research mechanisms to inspire change through exchange of knowledge and facilities. In short, our goal is to create a meaningful "network of networks" to solve a number of Egypt's most pressing national (...)


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pH Balance of Life
By Nagwa Nawar

Under the unifying theme "Chemistry-our life, our future" IYC 2011 / Egypt with Faculty of Science, Mansoura University held a seminar followed by workshop on "pH Balance of Life" by Dr. Nassar Mohammed and organized by Prof. Nagwa Nawar on 26th of July 2011. The goals of the one (...)


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HexaNexus Workshop at Mansoura University
By Nagwa Nawar

On Saturday 30th of July, 2011, group HexaNexus have presented 5 sessions in the Faculty of Science, El Mansura University in an event organized by Prof. Dr. Nagwa Nawar. HexaNexus is a Multidisciplinary group of Egyptian youth with different backgrounds and experiences serving 6 main disciplines (Chemistry, Medicine, Molecular biosciences, Nanotechnology, Engineering and Environmental Sciences). It aims to create a knowledge exchange and friendly environment through which the awareness of the importance of different sciences can spread treating the defects in the Egyptian community through different activities or projects. HexaNexus was supported by the Egyptian IYC committee and participated in (...)


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The Egyptian Conference Celebrating the International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011)
By Nagwa Nawar

In celebrating the International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011) occasion, Egyptian Universities in cooperation with the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Egyptian Society of Analytical Chemistry, syndicate of scientific professions, and other related ministries will organize a conference entitled: "Chemistry and Development" on October 23-25, 2011, Cairo University. All the information about the conference you will find it below (...)


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  News from Kenya

Proposed by Liliana Mammino
Contact: .
International Year of Chemistry (IYC) Celebrations in Kenya: Launch, March 25, 2011.
Opening Address by Local Organizing Chairman, Prof. G.N. Kamau, Department of Chemistry, University of Nairobi.

Guest of honour, Deputy Vice Chancellor; Research; production and extension, University of Nairobi, Principal; College of Biological and Physical Sciences, Representatives of Dow Chemicals from South Africa and USA, Joel Kioko, Director, Kenya Bureau of Standards, Deans, Directors, Professors Wandiga and Gitu, the most Senior scientists in this forum, Chairmen of Departments, Ladies and Gentlemen; Good Morning! It is a great honour to be associated with the celebrations of the international year of chemistry (IYC) in Kenya. I note that Science, Chemistry and Life cannot be separated (...)


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Kenya Chemical Society Profile
Geoffrey N. Kamau

Prior to the registration of the Kenya Chemical Society, the idea of forming such a society had been in the minds of many chemists in Kenya. Following this line of thinking on May 31, 1988 an interim steering committee was set up, aimed at working on the constitution of the society and making necessary steps towards its launch. The Kenya Chemical Society was officially registered on September 19, 1991 and the first Governing Council Office bearers were elected on February 20, 1992. This was followed by the Inaugural Kenya Chemical Society Conference on June 7, 1993 (...)


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  News from Kuwait

Proposed by Abdulazziz Al-Najjar
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Kuwait Chemical Society
By Abdulazziz Al-Najjar

Established in 1982, Kuwait Chemical Society's (KCS) interests include caring for chemists and chemistry affairs, introducing the causes of chemistry to the society, organizing and sponsoring communication with similar Arab and foreign organizations, as well as representing Kuwait to the international forums. The Society, which is one of the most prominent NGO's in Kuwait, has intensive activities - in collaboration with the official authorities and organizations, and affiliated societies - in several areas of action, with the objective of enhancing the chemical culture, introducing this science and its role in the lives of individual and communities. The Society adopts the slogan "Chemistry is Life", which is highly expressive of its conviction. The slogan also constitutes a framework organizing the Society's activities. This means that the Society should be (...)


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IYC2011 activities in Kuwait
By Abdulazziz Al-Najjar

In line with international resolutions, which are pushing development in various fields, based on a decision of the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted resolution A/RES/63/209 which announced Year 2011 the International Year of Chemistry and authorized both the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and UNESCO to manage this event. Kuwait Chemical Society (Member of IUPAC) and Kuwait National Commission for Education, Science & Culture are organizing and managing this event in the State of Kuwait. KCS has formed a higher committee from several government and the private sector (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Information, The Ministry of Education, Ministry of Electricity and Water, Scientific Centre, Kuwait University, Public Authority for Applied Education & Training (PAAET), Kuwait Oil Company, Kuwait National Petroleum Company, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science, the General Directorate of Fire, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), Environment Public Authority (EPA), EQUATE, Kuwait Cement Company, The Public Authority For The Environment Protection (...)

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Kuwaiti Chemistry Teachers Network (Kuwaiti ChemTea Network)
By Abdulazziz Al-Najjar

2nd Kuwaiti Chemistry Teachers Network (ChemTea) was held on the 17-18th of April 2011 in the College of Technological Studies, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training. The aim of this gathering was to exchange ideas and educational skills between chemistry teachers and present seminars and workshops.


   News from Israel

Proposed by Rachel Mamlok-Naaman
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IYC 2011 in Israel, October 2011
By Rachel Mamlok-Naaman, Weizman Institute

The first meeting regarding the IYC 2011 committee in Israel took place on September 13th. The committee consisted of: The president of the Israeli chemical society, and people from the chemistry industry and the academia, and chemistry educators (researchers and teachers). The main goals and activities in the Israeli Education system were (...)

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The Year of chemistry events in Elhalya school
By Issam Agbaria, Chemistry Teacher at High School Chemistry Alahaliia Umm al-Fahm, Israel

The main theme of the international chemistry in high school Alahaliia is "The sound of chemistry." For example, running a radio station during the breaks once a week. Radio broadcasts relevant chemical articles, or reports written by chemistry students. Parallel to the broadcasts, one may look at the screens scattered hallways at school, and watch power point presentations on the subject of the article (...)

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Activity Report 2010-2011 (EuCheMS DCE).
Uri Zoller

Towards the International Year of Chemistry (IYC-2011) the president of the Israel Chemical Society (ICS) issued a statement targeted at the Israeli 'chemical community' at large, included the following.. "The explosive growth of the world population challenges humankind with severe problems, such as sustainable energy, food, human health, global warming, lack of water, air and water pollution, disappearing raw materials, É quality of life, etc. If science will ever be able to come up with solutions to these problems, it will be mainly through the chemical sciences. Therefore, the future of chemistry in Israel is at (...)

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  News from Mauritius

Proposed by Ramasami Ponadurai
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Department of Chemistry of the Faculty of Science, University of Mauritius
By Ponadurai Ramasami

The University of Mauritius (UoM) is heading for 40 years of its existence. The core mission of UoM is the creation and dissemination of knowledge and understanding for the citizens of Mauritius and the International community. The vision of the UoM is that it aspires to be a leading International university, bridging knowledge across continents through excellence and intellectual creativity. UoM has five Faculties and one of them is the Faculty of Science (FoS). The Faculty of Science was (...)


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IYC 2011 in Mauritius
By Ponadurai Ramasami

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) in conjunction with the UN and UNESCO have proclaimed the year 2011 to be the International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011). This year we also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize awarded to Marie Curie. We, members of the Department of Chemistry of the University of Mauritius, have organised different activities in 2011 to contribute to this remarkable celebration (...)


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ICPAC 2012 Conference
By Ponadurai Ramasami

The International Conference on Pure and Applied Chemistry (ICPAC 2012) will be held from 2nd to 6th July 2012, in Mauritius. This will be the second ICPAC conference after being a successful event in 2010 (...)


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  News from Niger

Proposed by Liliana Mammino
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Education in Chemistry in Niger
Nouhou Bako Z.1, Hassidou S.1, Sani M.1, Morou B.1 & Mahamane A.1,2
(1) Faculty of Sciences and Technics (FST), University of Maradi, 465 Maradi, Niger.
(2) Faculty of Sciences and Technics (FST), Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey, 10 662 Niamey, Niger.
Tel : 20410132, Fax : 20410133 - Mail : ali_mahamane@yahoo.fr

Activities of the chemistry education in Niger take place from the secondary, at 1st and 2nd education degree, to higher education at the University. At the secondary, it is the fundamental chemistry, which is taught. Options specialize at the University where secondary teachers and researchers (who prepare the PhD) are formed. Chemical industry is little developed in Niger but scientific researches in the chemistry field are actively led to re-launch the sector. In Niger, 135 small and medium-sized companies are listed in 2008 among which only 17 have a chemical character. The main difficulty with which is confronted the chemical sector is the competition of less expensive products imported from Asiatic countries (...)

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  News from Nigeria

Proposed by Jacinta Opara
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Journal Edition and papers, are made available online upon proposal, and with the formal authorization, of Jacinta Opara.

Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences - Special Edition
Co-Guests: Austin N. Nosike, PhD Nkasiobi S. Oguzor, PhD Jacinta A. Opara, PhD & all.

Editorial (extract): The papers collated in this edition of MJSS is a publication designed to expand the flow of ideas among social scientists, educators, and development scholars. Written by seasoned scholars, the papers were among the 300 papers received by the International Scientific Committee of the International Technology, Education and Environment Conference (TEEC2011). This publication project is an initiative where ideas are as important as finance. Its goal is not only disseminating current knowledge about development but is also engaged in furthering this understanding. This work therefore contributes to the global debate on development management and capacity building as well as examining lessons of experiences for policy from an interdisciplinary perspective. It was indeed a great opportunity cooperating with the Mediterranean Centre of Social and Educational Research. This partnership metamorphosed into this Special Issue of the MJSS. The expert editors and reviewers that provided detailed critiques of the essays improved the conceptual and (...).

Read or Download the MJSS Special Edition, Vol. 2, No. 4, September 2011 (PDF, 1.1Mb)

Editorial (extract): The organization of a successful conference and the making of a journal are very challenging tasks. It takes a community of colleagues and scholars to capture new and old wisdom in useful text. This Special Issue of the Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences published by the Mediterranean Centre for Educational and Social Research at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy is a collection of selected papers presented at the International Technology, Education and Environment Conference (TEEC2011) held in Omoku-Nigeria. The Conference was organised by the African Chapters of the International Society for the Scientific Research and the International Association for Teaching and Learning in cooperation with several institutions. Many individuals and organizations deserve gratitude for their support, partnership and cooperation. Special thanks go to the Provost, Management, Staff and Students of Federal College of Education (Technical), Omoku-Nigeria for (...)

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International Conference on Science and Technology Education (ICSTE2012), Owerri-Nigeria, October 22-26, 2012

We are pleased to invite you to the International Conference on Science and Technology Education (ICSTE2012) holding at Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri (Nigeria). The conference is organized by African Association for Teaching and Learning (AATL); African Society for the Scientific Research (AASR), Mediterranean Centre for Educational Social Research (MCESR), Human Resource Management Academic Research Society (HRMARS), Prague Development Centre (PRADEC) and International Digital Organization for Scientific Information (IDOSI) in cooperation with other institutions. ICSTE2012 is an international forum for those who wish to present their projects and innovations, having also the opportunity to discuss the main aspects and the latest results in the fields of Education and Research. Our aim is to (..)

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Science Teaching and Learning: Qualitative and Functional Chemistry Education: Does Gender and Age affect Academic Achievement.
Authors: Ejimaji, Emmanuel Uwiekadom, School of Education, Federal College of Eeducation (Technical), Omoku Rivers State
& Emekene, Clement Omanufoghor, Faculty of Education, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

One of the key points in Late President Yar'adua's 7 - point agenda is the accomplishment of qualitative and functional Education. This can be monitored through assessing academic achievement of students. Chemistry Education occupies a central position to all disciplines. This study examined the correlates between age and gender on academic achievement (CGPA) of Chemistry students. The study used thirty six (36) females and forty (40) males giving a total of sample seventy eight (76). Scatter - plot, mean and standard deviation were used for the descriptive statistics while univariate analysis of variance (ANOVA) and multiple regression were used for inferential statistics. T-test was used to test the null hypothesis formulated (P<0.05). Result revealed a linear (...)

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Journal of Educational and Social Research - Special Issues
Co-Guests: Nkasiobi S. Oguzor, PhD Austin N. Nosike, PhD Jacinta A. Opara, PhD & all.

Editorial (extract): Throughout history, the concept of teaching and learning had become a crucial dynamics of defining development and sustainability. In this Special Edition of the Journal of Educational and Social Research published by the Mediterranean Center for Educational and Social Research, a collection of selected papers mediated on some of those aspects of teaching and learning that determine development with special reference to the global south. Providing a fascinating picture of the identities, bodies, citizenship, securitization and politics of education and policy analysis through culture, space and time, this richly illustrated volume explores the allure, context, depth, texture and variety of teaching, learning, change and other related indices of development. The volume is written by contributors who represent a cross-section of the field. It utilizes snapshot metaphors to focus on representative, construction and symbolic points in concurring to the global south landscape (...)

Read or Download the JESR Special Edition Vol. 1, No. 2, September 2011 (PDF, 1.6Mb)

Editorial (extract): The original papers that appeared in this special issue were presented at the International Conference on Teaching and Learning (ICTL 2011) held in September 5-8, 2011 at Omoku-Nigeria. The Conference was organised by the African Chapters of the International Association for Teaching and Learning and the International Society for the Scientific Research in collaboration with other partners. The concise essays in this Special Volume of JESR offer unusually insights and demonstrate the value, utility of methods, conception and perspectives. As a whole, the essays illustrate a range of theoretical, analytical and descriptive approaches by scholars and professionals to understand human as well as social sciences. Given the structure and paradigm of development maladies in society, it is fundamental that (...)

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Chemical Education in Nigeria – The journey so far.
Folahan A. Adekola, Department of Chemistry, University of Ilorin, PMB 1515, Ilorin 240003, Nigeria.
Tel.: +2348067332320 ; E-mail:
fadekola@unilorin.edu.ng ; faadekola@yahoo.fr

The training of chemists began in 1948 with the establishment of the University College, Ibadan, as a college of the University of London. Department of Chemistry was one of the pioneering departments in the CollegeÕs Faculty of Science. It is important to note that the first graduate of chemistry in Nigeria bagged his B.Sc Hons. degree in Chemistry from the University of London in 1946 (CSN, 2011). Following University of Ibadan, three additional universities with each having department of Chemistry, namely, University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife), University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria located respectively in the South-West, South-East and Northern parts of Nigeria were established between 1960 and 1962. An estimate of about 500 graduate chemists was believed to be in practice in academia, industry and government service in Nigeria by 1970 (CSN, 2011).

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  News from South-Africa

Proposed by Liliana Mammino
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The South African Chemical Institute (SACI).
Prof Neil Coville

In 2012 The South African Chemical Institute, SACI, will be 100 hundred years old. The Institute, which represents the interests of all practicing chemists in South Africa, came to life only 25 years after the discovery of gold, near Johannesburg, in 1886. As can be imagined, in the early 1900s the gold mining industry required trained analysts and this led to discussions and meetings on how to provide chemists with some form of professional recognition. A meeting was held on January 26, 1912 at which time it was decided to form the SA Association of Analytical Chemists; the name was later changed to SACI during 1921 as the title was found to be too restrictive. The Institute was initially concerned with the relationship of the chemist with the community (the public) and this is an ongoing theme 100 years later. In 2011 the Institute has about 800 (...)


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Chemical education training and research in South Africa (Programmes at various Universities).
Compiled by Erica Steenberg

Chemical Education at South African universities forms part of formal post-graduate courses leading to honours, masters and doctorate degrees or formal in-service programmes for practicing teachers leading to various types of certificates in education. Various informal programmes are also offered to both teachers and learners at school. Because chemistry is not taught as a stand-alone subject in schools, the combination of physics and (...)

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IYC Activities in South Africa, 2011
Compiled by Erica Steenberg

Actions over South Africa compiled and covering 2 main topics
- 40th SACI Convention, 17 - 21 January 2011
- Activities Related to the Global Water Experiment
- (...)

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Challenges of tertiary level chemistry education in an underprivileged context
Liliana Mammino, Department of Chemistry, University of Venda, South Africa

Because of the past history of the country, not all the universities in South Africa have comparable situations. The so-called historically black universities (HBU), i.e., the universities that, during the apartheid period, were for-blacks-only, still suffer the consequences of the lower status that they had in those times. This is understandable, because changing the reality (improving infrastructure and equipment, expanding human resources) requires both adequate time and huge financial commitments. The University of Venda (UNIVEN) is an HBU located in a beautiful but poor rural area of South (...)

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Chemistry students running a green project for the community
Liliana Mammino, Department of Chemistry, University of Venda, South Africa

The promotion of sustainability-compatible behaviour patterns is important in all types of communities, urban or rural, privileged or underprivileged. Chemistry, as the science of substances, is expected to have prominent roles in their promotion because of the omnipresent role of substances in industrial production and in everyday life. At the University of Venda (UNIVEN), some chemistry students have undertaken a recycling project that is having relevant and increasing impacts on the community in the area where the university is located. The project initiator and leader is the undergraduate chemistry student Livhuwani Mudau (Miss). The project aims at spreading (...)

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Chemistry and sustainability – thinking continent-wide for issues concerning the continent
Liliana Mammino, Department of Chemistry, University of Venda, South Africa

IUPAC Project No. 2007-025-1-300. The issues of sustainability (sustainable development, environmental protection, rational utilization of resources) require the integration of global perspectives and local actions. Analysing identified problems and searching for the main outlines of possible options to address them respond to the global perspectives component; the practical implementations respond to the local actions component. One of the problems present in most of Sub-Saharan Africa is the practice of biomass burning. Sub-Saharan Africa is the continent (or subcontinent) having by far the highest extent of biomass (...)

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  News from Tanzania

Proposed by Liliana Mammino
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2nd TCS (Tanzania Chemical Society) International Chemistry Conference, Dar es Salaam
Under IYC Auspices

The 2nd TCS (Tanzania Chemical Society) International Chemistry Conference was held in Dar es Salaam, 5th - 7th October 2011. The theme of the Conference was Chemistry for the improvement of life. The conference was also meant as an opportunity to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry in Tanzania. It also jointly included the 2011 edition of two workshops: The East and Southern Africa Environmental Chemistry Conference (ESAECC) and The Ninth Theoretical Chemistry Workshop in Africa (TCWA).


Around the Mediterranean Sea: Master’s Courses on Conservation Science in Jordan and Morocco


Proposed by Evangelia Varella (President, ECTN Association)
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During the last five years two applied multidisciplinary master's courses on cultural heritage preservation were established in Arab Mediterranean countries, namely at Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan; and in the frame of a consortium of five institutions coordinated by Sidi Mohamed ben Abdellah University, Fez, Morocco. The first graduates are by now active in the labour market.

Both new courses were funded by the TEMPUS programme, within relevant projects coordinated by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. They were designed in order to provide all knowledge and skills necessary for the scientific documentation, the physicochemical diagnosis of deteriorations, the state-of-the-art preservation and rehabilitation, and the management and exploitation of material cultural heritage. In the same context, adult learners – professional conservators and restorers or vocational trainees – are specifically addressed by specialized seminars, as well as by evaluated online educational material and information.  
It is noteworthy that the courses rely in the consistent application of all structural parameters adopted in the Bologna educational approach. The universities involved already put into operation and employ the notions of learning outputs, student workload, ECTS credits, Diploma Supplement, and evaluation/accreditation procedures; becoming thus recognized partners in the implementation of the European Higher Education Area. Consequently, the Moroccan course has already been awarded the Euromaster label.

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"EC2E2N 2" New Project Application
Anthony Smith, Lyon FR (E.U.)

The Progress Report for the EC2E2N project has been evaluated and accepted by the European Commission. A copy of the ‘Plans for the Future’ part of the report is available here.

The next Management Committee meeting of the project will take place on Saturday 8th October 2011 in Helsinki. If there are any items you would like discussed by the committee please let Tony Smith know.


The deadline for the application for a new network project, to run from October 2012 to September 2015, is 2nd February 2012. The Management Committee would be very pleased to receive any ideas for this new project. Any topic concerning higher education in chemistry and /or chemical engineering is eligible. We need to produce an innovative project to maximize our chances of receiving funding. Please send Tony Smith your ideas as soon as possible.

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Erasmus Mundus Master Course "Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry" (U. Lille, France)

Sonja Moreau, Lille FR (E.U.)

EM Scholarships available for European and International students

Since 2008, the European Commission awards scholarships to European and international students for attending the now well recognised  "Erasmus Mundus" Master courses, among which is the Master in "Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry".

Selected European students can get 500 Euros per month for the 2 years duration.
Selected non-European students will even get 1000 Euros per month.

The deadline for applying is January 15th 2012 for entering the course in September 2012.

Students will be studying in at least 2 of the following institutions (...)

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European and International Conferences Agenda ...  


Conferences' Agenda


RAFA 2011 - Recent Advances in Food Chemistry - Prague CZ, Nov. 1-4, 2011
www.rafa2011.eu - Download the Flyer ()
ICERI 2011 - International Conference on Education, Research and Innovation - Madrid ES, Nov. 14-16, 2011
Cimqusef'2011 - Rabbat MA, Nov. 15-17, 2011

VIII  IOSTE Symposium for Central and Eastern Europe - Riga LV, Nov. 30 - Dec. 3, 2011
www.ioste.org - University of Latvia,

International Conference "New Perspectives in Science Education" - Florence IT,  March 8-9, 2012

21st Symposium on Chemistry and Science Education / Issues of Heterogeneity and Cultural Diversity in Science Education and Science Education Research - TU Dortmund University, May 17-19, 2012

1st International Congress on Business and Economic Research (ICBER 2012)
Omoku-Nigeria, 25-28 June, 2012 -
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1st International Congress on Social and Cultural Studies (ICSCS 2012)
Omoku-Nigeria, 25-28 June, 2012 -
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5th International Conference "Research in Didactics of the Sciences" - Krakow PL, June 27-29, 2012

Joined Conferences:
11th ECRICE (
www.11ecrice.org) and 22nd ICCE (www.22icce.org); Rome IT, July 15-20, 2012
4th EuCheMS Chemistry Conference - Prague CZ, August 26-30, 2012

2012 International Conference on Agriculture, Science and Engineering (ICASE 2012)
Omoku-Nigeria, September 3-7, 2012 -
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1st International Conference on Environmental Studies and Research (ICESR 2012)
Omoku-Nigeria, September 3-7, 2012 -
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Professor Dr Nkasiobi S. Oguzor, Provost, Federal College of Education (Technical), Omoku-Nigeria
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XV IOSTE International Symposium - Yasmine Hammamet TN, Oct 29 - Nov. 3, 2012



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