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The DST (Department of Science & Technology and DoE (Department of Education, in partnership with SAASTE (South African Association of Science & Technology Educators) recognise the OLYMPIADS as a part of their Youth into Science strategy, and encourage all learners to participate in Olympiads. A data base of all schools that participate in the Science Olympiads is currently being compiled, so that the DoE, DST could embark on programmes to encourage learners (especially African and female learners to participate and excel in Science. SAASTE is the only recognised Professional body for science educators in the country. It is recognised at both Provincial and National levels by the Education departments and the Ministers.

This OLYMPIAD is the only officially recognised SCIENCE OLYMPIAD for Grades 4 to 11, and is recognised at Provincial, National, DoE and DST levels, as approved by cabinet in their Collaboration agreement and Plan for the Cabinet’s Youth into Science Strategy.

Participants in competitions of this nature are credited/recognised by tertiary institutions and bursars, with winners qualifying for additional points and fee discounts. Olympiad participants are generally viewed favourably by companies because of the recognition of their talents.

Visit by IJSO president

Submitted by robin on Sat, 06/18/2011 - 8:54am

The President of the IJSO, Professor Masno Ginting from Indonesia, will visit Durban (South Africa) from 25 June to 1 July 2011. He will be accompanied by two vice-presidents, Dr Paraic James and Dr Michael Cotter (from Ireland).

They will spend 6 days in Durban to visit all the venues and facilities that would be used when Durban hosts the 8th International Junior Science Olympiad from 1 to 10 December 2011.

The event will be attended by over 50 countries and will be jointly hosted by National Science Olympiads, Department of Science and Technology and the City of Durban.

7th IJSO in ABUJA - Robin Naidoo

Submitted by robin on Wed, 12/08/2010 - 9:35am

I was in Abuja, Nigeria with a team of 6 students and 3 leaders. We were hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology at a luxury venue since Tuesday 1 Dec 2010. The event ends on 10 Dec 2010. We returned on 12 Dec 2010.

The event was well run with many interesting happenings: discussions, meetings, tests, excursions, science lectures/talks.

All of us were fine, in good health and enjoyed the experience in a fast developing City, called Abuja.

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