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2014-06-02

LANXESS takes chemistry to the community

Company donates science experimental kits to the school in Alexandra

Johannesburg – In the context of its global education initiative specialty chemicals company LANXESS donated two science experimental kits to Zenzeleni Primary School in Alexandra. The kits were donated on Friday, 30 May in attendance of LANXESS employees, school principal and head of department.  

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

Speaking at the ceremony LANXESS Managing Director, Karl Gassen, told the school teachers and pupils that science is an important subject because it involves the activities of  everyday life.

“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 Gassen.

“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 honoured to have been chosen as a beneficiary of the science kits from number of schools around our community. It is pleasing to see that there are companies like LANXESS who take the education and development of young children very seriously. We would like to thanks LANXESS for bringing hope and unlocking the future of our children,” said Zenzeleni School Principal, Thandi Gumede.

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.