Iimbovane in brief Print

Iimbovane is a science education project that uses biodiversity (ant species mainly) to teach high school learners about the natural environment and how science works. In doing so, the project sparks the youth’s interest in biodiversity whilst engaging them in the scientific method to help develop valuable practical science skills. The project further supports learners develop much-needed life skills such as communication, critical thinking, practical science skills as well as working in a diverse teams to solve research questions.

Iimbovane does this through curriculum linked lessons at schools, field investigations in schoolyards, tailored-made day programmes, and holiday programmes in nature reserves and parks. Life Science educators are supported through training workshops and the development of supplimentary teaching aids.

The key objectives of Iimbovane are to:

  • Educate learners on how science works through active participation
  • Help learners develop life skills such as communication, critical thinking skills, practical science skills as well as collaborative problem solving skills
  • Promote science as an interesting and attractive career
  • Provide training and support to Life Science educators
  • Enhance learners’ appreciation of biodiversity and the natural environment