Have you ever had a question that no one could ever answer you?
Do you want to know the answer by yourself?
These are the questions that Eunice Mwandaye, a professional researcher from Zimbabwe, asked to the students of Paarlzicht Primary School in South Africa, as an independent initiative. So they could join by their own will a club which would give them the tool to deeply discover and understand the answer to the questions they always wanted to know about.
With the objective of repeat the experience in other primary schools around Africa and the world, the results of the Research Club were registered by Jiráfica in video and photography and today we present them to you here:
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Young Researchers Capacity Building Programme (YRCB-Africa)
1. The programme Initiator
Eunice Mwandayi is an educational psychologist and social researcher with experience in the education and development sectors in East and Southern Africa over a period of 30 years. Eunice started the Young Researchers Capacity Building (YRCB) programme in 2014 in Cape Town and the goal is to have the YRCB programme introduced and implemented in every country on the African continent.
2. About the Young Researchers Capacity Building Programme
This programme has been prompted by Eunice’s observation that the teaching of social science research methods is being done very late. It is my general view that the research literacy and competence in Africa is very low, compared to other continents, because of this lateness. There is ample evidence of ‘research anxiety’ and failure to conduct successful independent social research projects by undergraduate and post-graduate students in African universities. The goal of YRCB is to address this lateness by introducing structured teaching of social research methods in primary schools through ‘research clubs’.
The YRCB pilot phase was successfully completed in Cape Town in August 2015, using the ‘Learn by Doing’ approach. In January 2016, Eunice will introduce YRCB training in 8 primary schools in the Hauna Cluster, Honde Valley, Zimbabwe. The programme will be gradually rolled out to other clusters and districts in Zimbabwe.