"La Main à la Pâte" in South Africa [fr]
Learning by doing - “La Main à la Pate” - is an innovative and fun inquiry-based teaching method which aims at renewing and improving the teaching and learning of science in primary schools by developing the observational, logic and thinking and as well as analytical skills in young children.
“Learning by doing” was founded in France in 1996 by French scientists Georges Charpak, physic Nobel price 1992, Pierre Léna, Yves Quéré and the French Academy of science with the support of the French Ministry of Education. A feature of the programme is that it makes use of readily available materials and resources and does not require specialised equipment or materials.
“La Main à la Pâte” has been integrated into the national curriculum in France and since then implemented in more than 50 countries.
In South Africa, the project was launched in November 2012 in cooperation with the Academy of Science of South Africa as part of the scientific public outreach of the French Season in South Africa. During a two years pilot phase, this project will be tested in selected schools in Gauteng. It is intended to be generalised to the whole country thereafter.
Learn more about "Learning by doing" on the website.