Students and teachers learn about entrepreneurship together at workshop in Tanzania

14 August 2017

From the 1–4 August the IOP and the physics department at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in Tanzania ran an introduction to entrepreneurship workshop for 70 students from 13 schools in Dar es Salaam. The workshop was supported by Nature Publishing and the Optical Society.

Students and teachers learn about entrepreneurship together at workshop in Tanzania

The training, hosted by UDSM, ran sessions around entrepreneurial skills and practical physics training to be used in the classroom, bringing together two strands of the IOP’s international programme in one workshop for the first time.

Teachers worked alongside their students to encourage mutual learning and help facilitate an understanding of the link between science and business. Teachers were also tasked with working through the practical sessions on the final day of the workshop with a view to replicating them in their classrooms.

As well as talks from entrepreneurs and business support networks in Tanzania, there were practical sessions, hands-on activities, and a day for students to demonstrate their entrepreneurial skills by showing how they would set up and run a music festival. The day required students to combine the physics and business knowledge learned throughout the previous day’s training.

The team from the IOP included the chief operating officer Rachel Youngman, school support manager Dr Taj Bhutta and international officer Linsey Clark, who has written an article about the workshop and how it fits into the IOP’s wider programme in Tanzania..