Cafe Sci East Africa

CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE EAST AFRICA

Café Scientifique East Africa was a development of the Cafe Sci Uganda project, which has been running for five years in schools in and around Kampala.

The three-year development project (2014 – 2017), Café Scientifique East Africa, ran in eastern and northern Uganda (Gulu). The project was supported by the Wellcome Trust (UK) and targets secondary school students and their teachers.

The Café Sci school program aimed to give young people the opportunity to meet working scientists from academic institutions, science research and medical centers or enthusiastic science individuals, to discuss new and interesting issues in science and technology that are of interest to them. Café Sci was an informal science program organised by pupils and supported by teachers.

The simple, robust and low-cost Café Scientifique model ofered a space in which pupils and researchers coul develop the skills to discuss important issues with confidence, bringing their personal experiences and expertise to a forum in which they could engage together in respectful, rational and unprejudiced conversation about the issues in science and technology that affect their daily lives.

Such sensible and good-natured discussion, promoted in an informal and friendly atmosphere, helps create a solid base for future citizenship. Through discussion, pupils and researchers learn as much about each other, and the importance of learning to live in a world of different and sometimes contradictory views, as they learn about science.