Workshops for Teaching and Learning Evolution 

 

The Free State Evolution Education Programme was launched in 2012 with the objective of aiding teachers and learners in the subject of Evolution. This initiative aims to eliminate common misconceptions regarding Evolution, aid teachers in appropriately conveying evolutionary concepts to learners, promote a sense of awareness and pride in our African heritage, and instil an appreciation for past life on Earth. The Programme includes the distribution of educational packages to teachers, theatre productions for leaners and teacher workshops.

The Programme is supported by the Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST) and the National Research Foundation. PAST is a non-profit organization based in Johannesburg and supports palaeontological and archaeological research and education in Africa. The educational packages contain various resources including fossil casts and the theatre productions are delivered PAST’s Walking Tall Programme, which is an interactive educational theatre project, and aims to bring the history of life on Earth to life via the performing arts. The teacher workshops are presented by members of the BPC and further explain various evolutionary aspects that form part of the current school syllabus, in order to aid teachers in conveying the subject of Evolution clearly and prevent misunderstandings.

Enquiries: Jennifer Botha Brink