Chemistry Aid: How Innovative Solutions to Chemistry Education Are Making a Difference

  • Jared C. Ogunde
  • Aggrey Omolo
  • Antony J. Rest
Conference paper


In Kenya, as in many developing countries, the government has placed great importance on science education. This importance on science education is difficult to realize, however, because of the challenges facing science education, especially Chemistry education. These challenges include a lack of well equipped laboratories, the high cost of chemicals and equipment, a lack of mains electricity, lack of mains water, and students’ lack of laboratory gear such as goggles and lab coats. Many students continue to perform dismally in Chemistry as well as other sciences. In addressing this problem, the Scientific Advisory and Information Network (SAIN) Kenya and the Chemistry Video Consortium (CVC) UK have initiated a program, the Chemistry Aid initiative that has been working on devising and promoting the use of innovative solutions to problems facing Chemistry education in Kenya and other developing countries.


Science Education Sport Activity Rural School Innovative Solution Chemistry Education 
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We, the authors, would like to acknowledge the support of the Chemistry Video Consortium (CVC) especially from Prof. Antony Rest who is the project coordinator, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the support of our colleagues in the Scientific Advisory and Information Network (SAIN), as well as the entire Chemistry Aid team.


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jared C. Ogunde
    • 1
  • Aggrey Omolo
    • 1
  • Antony J. Rest
    • 2
  1. 1.Scientific Advisory and Information Network (SAIN) and Chemistry Aid KenyaNairobiKenya
  2. 2.Chemistry Video Consortium, Educational Techniques Group Trust of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and Chemistry AidUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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