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Pure Appl. Chem., 2001, Vol. 73, No. 7, pp. 1215-1219

UNESCO/IUPAC­CTC Global Program in Microchemistry

J. D. Bradley

RADMASTE Centre, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Abstract: It is widely believed that practical work is an essential part of chemistry education. However, in most countries there is no provision for such personal experiences, and even at universities, provision is limited. This problem has been recognized for many years by both UNESCO and IUPAC­CTC (Committee on Teaching of Chemistry), and a number of initiatives were taken to address it. The microchemistry program started four years ago aims to address the problem through promoting a small-scale, low-cost approach. This is done by means of introductory workshops for chemistry educators in different countries. The concept has been received enthusiastically in nearly 40 countries now, and pilot projects have been initiated in several of these.