CHEMICAL EDUCATION INITIATIVES
Hygiene education program
Personal hygiene is one of the most powerful and cost-effective way to stopping the spread of diseases and preventing deaths specifically in young children. A basic yet highly effective personal hygiene practice is washing hands with clean water and soap. Unfortunately, an estimated
4 billion people worldwide lack basic hygiene services due to inaccessible handwashing facilities with soap and water. At CWB, we apply a holistic approach for hygiene education programs by providing hygiene and health education through our school-based and community-based programs.
Pollution prevention program
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pollution prevention (P2) is any practice that reduces, eliminates, or prevents pollution at its source prior to recycling, treatment or disposal. Pollution prevention programs incorporate several components which include elimination or reduction of waste at the source, conservation and protection of natural resources, and recycling.
Pollution prevention programs save money by using the raw materials and resources more efficiently, improve the environment by protecting water resources and eliminating or reducing toxic waste discharge, and improve air quality by reducing toxic emissions.
At Chemists Without Borders, we have a strong pollution prevention education program designed for all age groups. Everyone can participate in this program to protect their communities and improve their environment.
Science Education Clearinghouses
Education is a humanitarian concern. On a trial basis, Chemists Without Borders, in collaboration with the non-profit Science is Elemental, will be launching pages within its website housing two clearinghouses for information regarding:
- The plethora of online and in-person resources available for science education enrichment, including kits and other materials that can be ordered online.
- Upcoming decisions at the national, state, and district levels regarding science education in the public schools, to be continuously updated.
What will be included?
In the initial pilot clearinghouse for enrichment materials, we will focus on Chemistry, and limit the entries to virtual enrichment for students in grades K-8. In the future, we hope to expand the offerings to include a wider range of subject areas, grades, and methods of enrichment, to include in-person events and opportunities. The intent is to make it easier to find the chemistry education opportunities.
Every state has an Open Meetings Act that allows public access to government meetings, at the state level. For some states, those laws also apply at the county/local level. We will choose one of those states to use for the pilot clearinghouse on upcoming meetings related to science education decisions for the public schools. In the future, we hope to expand the offerings to all states, and at the national level, where relevant. The intent is to make it easier for those wishing to speak at these meetings and promote science education to do so.