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2014-05-23

LANXESS takes chemistry to the community

Company donates science experimental kits to the schools in Newcastle

Newcastle – In the context of its global education initiative specialty chemicals company LANXESS donated science experimental kits to Ncandu combined and Phuzukubona schools. The kits were donated to the two schools on 22-23 May in attendance of LANXESS employees, school principal and head of department as well as department of education district officials.   

During the hand-over ceremony, two scientists from LANXESS demonstrated to the teachers and learners on how the experiment works.

Speaking at the ceremony, the CEO for LANXESS Newcastle, Carsten Gerdes highlighted that the key to a successful life is through education and LANXESS regard education as one of its priority for corporate responsibility programmes.

“By donating these kits, I believe that this will go a long way in nurturing and shaping the learners’ mind to become engineers and scientists one day. At LANXESS we understand the importance of education and this initiative goes without any doubt that the company cares about the educational development of children around the community in which we operate in,” said Gerdes.

“These kits are not only portable, but they are also convenient for schools like this which do not have science rooms or laboratories. This initiative is part of LANXESS worldwide project, through which 1000 chemistry kits have been donated to elementary schools and educational institutions located close to LANXESS sites,” he further explains.

“We are very grateful for the work which LANXESS is doing and these kits are going to be very helpful to our learners. Our curriculum require our learners to do two science experiments per year and every year we send our learners to the company to do practical’s and now that we have our own kits, there won’t be a need to transport them out of the school premises,” said Acting Principal of Ncandu Combined School, B.E Kubheka.

Each chemistry kit consists of an experiment case, a box with additional equipment and instruction manuals. The manuals have description and instructions for conducting ten different experiments. These experiments designed by LANXESS in cooperation with the Department of Teaching and Didactics of Chemistry at the Technical University of Dortmund/Germany, are completely safe and focus primarily on the solubility of substances in water.

LANXESS launched its global education initiative in 2008. The specialty chemicals company has so far invested more than EUR 6 million in Germany alone in the campaign. The money was used for a number of purposes including the provision of new laboratory facilities, technical equipment and teaching materials for chemistry, biology, physics and IT classes. In addition, the company has organized many practical workshops for both schoolchildren and teachers.