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close this bookPopularization of Science and Technology - What Informal and Non-formal Education Can Do? (Faculty of Education,University of Hong Kong - UNESCO, 1989, 210 p.)
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View the documentIntroduction - Cheng Kai Ming
View the documentOpen Speech - Yeung Kai-yin, Secretary for Education and Manpower, Hong Kong Government
View the documentKey-note Speech: Educational challenges in the age of science and technology - Philip H. Coombs
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This volume contains a selection of papers which were presented at a conference in September 1989 on the ‘Popularization of Science and Technology: What Informal and Non-formal Education can do’ which was organized by the Faculty of Education of the University of Hong Kong with the generous support and assistance of UNESCO.

The publication in 1972 of ‘Learning to Be’ (UNESCO) reflected a growing awareness of the problems and effects of illiteracy and a great deal has subsequently been achieved in reducing in the level of illiteracy. The growing importance and impact of science and technology in our everyday lives has the potential to create a new range of problems which will arise for those who are unable to understand and use modern technology. The Conference was premised on the need to address this issue and specifically to examine how non-formal and informal education can contribute to helping people achieve a level of scientific and technological literacy which will allow them to function effectively.

I would like to express my thanks to the Conference organisers, to UNESCO for their generous support and to the participants who made it such a worthwhile venture.

P. Morris
Faculty of Education
University of Hong Kong