Date: 5th September 2010
Website Link: http://www.edu.gov.ly
SmartLabs Director and General Manager, Russell Grant, recently presented the Smart Science Cart concept to the Ministry of Education in Libya. The presentation was received by members of the Libyan Ministry of Education Dr. Abdul Kabir Fakhri, Secretary General of the Popular Committee (GPC) for Education and Scientific Research, along with Dr. Mohamed Al-Farjani Al-Husn, Undersecretary for the GPC.
Dr. Abdul Kabir Fakhri, Secretary General of the Popular Committee (GPC) for Education and Scientific Research, along with Dr. Mohamed Al-Farjani Al-Husn, Undersecretary for the GPC, attended a demonstration of a scientific apparatus developed by a British company which specializes in teaching aids and methods, and educational curricula. The presentation was also attended by Dr. Mohammed Al-Sal, Secretary of the Committee for Technological Development and Maintenance of Educational Facilities; Dr. Abdulnabi Abu Ghenieh, Director of Educational Curriculum’s and Research Centre; Mr. Mohammed Abul-Nawael, Director of Administration for Educational Inspection; and a number of other directors of administrations and offices for technical development and educational maintenance.
According to an expert from the British company and staff from the Committee for Technological Development and Maintenance of Educational Facilities, the apparatus is a mobile laboratory for chemistry, physics and biology which is 70 cm in width and can easily be wheeled to any classroom to transform it into a modern classroom. This mobile “factory” is equipped with electricity, water, a gas cylinder, a projector, a fire extinguisher and a first aid unit, as well as a computer which has been installed with software in both Arabic and English. It operates on solar energy and wind power and has a set of readily charged batteries. It also has a teacher’s manual on how to prepare lessons and conduct experiments. The laboratory comprises various equipments suitable for conducting the experiments included in the Libyan school curriculum from years 5 to 9. The attached computer monitors and saves all data and the results of experiments. The laboratory has a working surface “table” made of a special material resistant to acid and electricity, and is easy to move. This lab is used in more than 150 countries, and was developed by a British company which was established over 100 years ago. This aim of this device is to equip schools which lack laboratories, either because they are too small or because they do not have enough students or schools which are affected by an irregular supply of electricity. An extensive discussion about the lab’s features and how to operate has been held between the company’s representative and members of the audience.
At the end of the presentation, Dr. Fakhri told Al-Alam newspaper that the aim of this presentation was to seek new ways to implement the government’s programmes and projects for developing the education system in Libya. He added that purchasing this device or other similar devices and equipment will undoubtedly help develop educational services and improve the performance of teachers and students alike, as the new curriculum include many practical steps which will be achieved by providing such devices and therefore raise the level of students in their knowledge and awareness.