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On the occasion of the United Nations World Water Day, 22 March 2011, UNESCO and IUPAC made "a Big Splash", launching the International Year of Chemistry Global Experiment entitled "Water: A Chemical Solution".
This event occured at Ratanga Junction, Cape Town.
The theme for UN World Water Day was "Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge". The week of the Big Splash also coincided with the South African National Water Week and thus the learners were exposed to different activities which emphasised the importance of water in their city.
Pupils from different schools in Cape Town were firstly exposed to the difficulties of obtaining water from a standpipe in Khayelitsha. This activity taught the learners the hardships faced daily by people in informal settlements as well as how they cope. They were then transported to Ratanga Junction to watch a play about the importance of conserving and preserving their local water supplies.
Then the learners completed two of the IYC experiments with a total engagement and enthousiasm.
From that date, schools from 106 countries around the World registered to the IYC website and conducted the experiments. We now count 408 registered users, with a record of 155 in Europe.
For more information, please visit the general Year of Chemistry website.
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