Project Details Young Ambassadors for Chemistry (YAC), related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Project No.:
Start Date:
01 March 2016
End Date:
06 December 2016
Division Name:
Committee on Chemistry Education
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We will use a Train the Trainers model to equip teachers, in an innovative and sustainable way, with contextualized activities (Sustainable Development Goals 4, 5 and 17), enabling their students to promote chemistry to the public (knowledge of chemistry being useful during people’s whole lives), before, during or after ICCE 24 (August 15-20, 2016) in Sarawak, Borneo.

We plan to focus on using sustainable local resources and products (Goal 12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns). We will benefit of the outcomes of the research-based evaluation during 10 stops (project 2007-005-2-050). Evaluation results of this YAC will be used to shape the future of the YAC programme.

Local organisers will extensively promote the public YAC event with teachers and students.


The Young Ambassadors for Chemistry projects (YAC) have been carried out from 2008 to 2014 using a ‘Train the Trainers’ approach with teachers and students to increase public interest in chemistry in 10 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe, with partial IUPAC/CCE funding and much more external funding from local organisations, Chemical Societies, Ministries of Education and industry.

In this course we will work on goal 12: ‘Responsible production and consumption’ of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2015) by paying attention to the chemistry of local sustainable raw materials like vegetable oil and derived ingredients.
Group work and interactive group discussions (we plan to include goals 4 (Quality education), 5 (Gender Equality) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals)) about responsible production and consumption, related to climate change and consequences for in particular Sarawak, and practical work with local ingredients will be carried out.
Participants will gain ideas methodology to teach their students and tools to run an interactive public event with their students with as much as possible media coverage to promote chemistry.

The project will assess results of the teacher training and the teacher organised public YAC event with students in Sarawak, Borneo during ICCE 24.

There will be 4 areas of evaluation: organisers, teachers, student, public evaluation before and after intervention during the event.
Attitude and cognitive performance evaluation will be administered. We will also ask 2 external reviewers to evaluate. This evaluation will produce a better sustainable model for future YAC programme implementation.


Young Ambassadors for Chemistry at work
Young Ambassadors for Chemistry at work

The course for the global YAC project was successfully held in Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia on August 15-16, 2016. READ full report (pdf).

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