The Teaching Biology Project (TBP)

The Teaching Biology Project, part of the Africa Genome Education Institute, is funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund or NLDTF. TBP runs in-service workshops dealing with current issues in the Life Sciences curriculum. Each workshop is limited to fifty teachers and runs for four days in Rondebosch, Cape Town, one each during March, June and September holidays. The aim of the workshops is to empower teachers to be more effective through increasing their ability to use ICT (Information Computer Technology) in the Life Sciences classroom and in their lesson preparation, and by increasing their content knowledge in new aspects of the curriculum, for example evolutionary biology, and developing scientific methodology and practical skills. A key aim of the conferences is for teachers to develop their ICT skills, thus delegates have access to computer laboratories and assistance and are required to put together assessment tasks using ICT. Teachers are divided into small groups, each lead by a small group leader, who is an experienced classroom practitioner and able to guide and support teachers. Each four day workshop follows a similar format but we change each conference to suit the needs of Life Sciences teachers. TBP is a project of the Africa Genome Education Institute. If you would like more information about the Teaching Biology Project workshops please contact Cheryl Douglas, Programme Director: cdouglas@bishops.org.za or tbp@agei.co.za.

What is AGEI?

Based in Cape Town, the Africa Genome Education Institute (AGEI) is devoted to the public understanding of genomes and their implications for health, technology, education and social ethics. A partnership project with the University of Cape Town’s Division of Human Genetics, the AGEI hosts the Darwin Seminars which are publicly accessible lectures on compelling issues in evolutionary biology, such as for example the one by Dr Barry Schoub given on the mutation possibilities of the bird flu H5N1 virus. AGEI is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF). Raj Ramesar Executive Chairman: African Genome Education Institute Head of Division of Human Genetics Director of the Medical Research Council UCT Vice-Chancellor’s Alan Pifer Award (2008) Member of Executive for African Society for Human Genetics, International Federation of Human Genetic Societies. Cheryl Douglas Programme Director: Cheryl Douglas is the programme director of TBP and has run this project since its inception in 2009. She is also a Life Sciences teacher at Bishops, an independent boys’ school in Cape Town. She has taught using laptops in the classroom for the past 15 years and is passionate about all aspects of Biology and integrating ICT into the classroom. She was an African winner in the 2009 Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum, attended the inaugural Partners in Learning Forum in Redmond, Washington in 2011 and was one on the winning teachers in the 2014 Microsoft World Education Forum held in Barcelona in March 2014. Cheryl’s classroom approach is skills based – she is keen to promote scientific thinking and 21st century skills of critical thinking, communication, problem solving and creativity. http://dailyedventures.com/index.php/2014/05/22/cheryl-douglas/ http://www.pil-network.com/Resources/LearningActivities/Details/0fa20252-eb39-49b3-8c39-b4934d510734 Dr Nicholas Draeger: Nick holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering, a PhD in Biochemical Engineering, and a MBA. A scientist, engineer, financier and entrepreneur, Nicholas has been involved with major international companies, including Roche Pharmaceuticals (Research and in Global Business Development), the Italian pharmaceutical company, Recordati, (Director of International Business Development), the French finance group, Credit Agricole Indosuez Cheuvreux (head of the Biotech broker team), BB Biotech, Adamant Biomedical Investments (both in Switzerland). Nicholas is a Founder and Director of Cederberg GmbH and Founder and Director of Nurevas International in Switzerland. Dr Nora Draeger: Nora holds a MSc degree in Microbiology and a PhD in Biochemistry. She has worked in the area of asset management in Switzerland, and she founded Adamant Biomedical Investments AG in Basel, Switzerland, where she served as chief information officer, heading research and portfolio management. She is involved as an advisory to numerous companies, and after leaving Adamant in 2008 she founded a successful pharmaceutical company, Cederberg GmbH. Among several other awards, Nora was voted finalist in the Ernst&Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Switzerland. Nontobeko Mjali Monitoring and Evaluation: School Liaison Officer – Teaching biology Project, Project Manager – Girl Power and is the Curriculum Advisor for Life Science and Natural Science at the Metro South Education District. She is interested in teacher development focussing on Communities of Practise. She is the founder of the Critical Friends, which is a group of teachers from the same context and geographical area sharing best practises. She is also interested in increasing learners going to science careers especially girls from the township and rural schools. In 2007 she won an award to study in the University of Bergen in Norway. Mr. Donovan Geldenhuys Financial Manager and Corporate Secretary: Mr. Geldenhuys is a qualified Chartered Accountant who completed his articles in 2007 and went into the commercial field. Donovan has been with the AGEI since October 2007. Wilmot James: Officer Sally Wilson ICT Director and Website Manger: ICT Director, Bishops (Diocesan College) Director ESN