Sustainable science centres in the 21st century by Qb64IH

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									Sustainable science
      centres
 Alfred Tsipa- Unizul Science
     Centre – South Africa
Background
                 Background

   The Science Centre movement in South
    Africa only got off the ground in the mid-
    90’s
   Because the movement is new, there are
    very few funders
   It can tough to market an unknown product in a
    new environment
   There are many competing needs in SA eg
    Health, housing and all other basic needs. So
    the government claims it can’t justify funding
    science centres, which are not seen as a priority
    at the moment.
   To survive in such a climate, we needed to be
    innovative.
   How has Unizul done these?
         School based
          programmes
   We do not only entertain,
    but we educate
   We tackle the school
    curricula through pupil
    and teacher workshops
   We charge a small fee
       We are attached to a university
   The university pays our salaries
   The university foundation raises some of
    the funds for us
   Industries will not fund salaries but can
    fund programmes
 We sell floor space to local industries
 They build exhibits and put them in our
  centre
 They help us pay the rent for the building

 They are able to divert visitors to us
We cooperate with established centres
                  worldwide
 Centres have donated their used exhibits

 They have also seconded some of their
  staff to work at our centre
UK: MANCHESTER EXHIBITS
We build and sell low cost exhibits to
            other centres

								
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