Dr. Brian Augustine from the JMU Department of Chemistry will present a seminar entitled, "A Tale of Two Countries: Science Education in the New South Africa." It is an historical overview of the education system in South Africa coupled with observations of Dr. Augustine's time in South Africa as a Fulbright Scholar teaching in the School of Chemistry at the University of KwaZulu Natal in 2009.
The talk is today, January 22nd, with refreshments served at 3:30 pm and the seminar at 3:45 pm in ISAT Room 159.
The presentation will trace how the apartheid system has relegated a significant majority of the population uneducated, and how this inequity is now being reaped in the university system in South Africa. South Africa is a critical nation on the African continent as it is by far the most economically developed. However, the nation now faces a severe skills shortage directly related to a struggling educational system. The presentation will be appropriate for a general audience, and is open to the public.