Self Help Africa at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2021

Thank you for joining us from Self Help Africa’s stand at the BTYSTE 2021. We look forward to introducing you to this year’s winners of the Science for Development Award.

Below you will find activities such as online exhibitions and interactive Kahoot! quizzes, as well as information on virtual tours of Science for Development projects and workshops we offer throughout the academic year.

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Virtual Tours

How would you like a tour of the BTYSTE? Our Education team can guide students through the virtual portal via Zoom. We will lead your class to projects focusing on solutions to the challenges facing vulnerable rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

The tours will include projects which could feature in our ‘Science for Development’ Showcase in March 2021… and may even our 2021 award winner!

To book a tour for your class, email Tours can be arranged to run up to Friday 29th January 2021.

Check out our 2020 showcase event here 

Our education programme is funded by Irish Aid.

Take Part in our Online Quiz


More trees please!

Take the trees quiz

Battle of the sexes!

Take the gender quiz

Check Out our online exhibitions


Women on the Frontline of Climate Change


As the producers of much of the food grown on small farms, Africa’s women farmers are locked in a struggle to provide for their families in the face of drier, hotter and more unpredictable weather conditions.

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Levelling the field – Working with Africa’s women farmers

Women are the engine of agriculture, working on small-scale farms that support a majority of the continent’s people. Women till the soil, plant the crops, weed the fields, harvest the produce, transport the goods and prepare the food. But although Africa’s women carry out up to 70% of the manual labour on small-farms, they receive only a fraction of the available support.

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Our Workshops

Self Help Africa’s education team are offering a range of online workshops and other activities to schools in 2021. We have adapted our content and approaches to best meet your needs as we all continue to address the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have online resources and workshop approaches on the following topics:

  • How to be safe and sound as a Digital Global Citizen?
  • Trade Justice, Case Study: Chocolate
  • More trees, please!
  • Gender Equality

For more information and to book a session/s for your school (which are free of charge) please email:



Science can play a vital role in tackling the challenges that affect communities in the Developing World.

Whether that’s in providing safe and clean drinking water, in how food is grow, processed and stored, or is in how people can combat the effects of changing climate – there’s a role for science!

For the past 15 years, Self Help Africa has attended the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, and in collaboration with Irish Aid, the Irish government’s overseas development agency, has presented the ‘Science for Development Award.’

This award is a special category prize that encourages student entrants to think about and  address challenges affecting people in countries of the Global South. Past winners of the award have included student projects that have looked at solar water purification methods, disease prevention, dairy pasturisation, fuel-saving cooking, seed planting devices, and at issues of health.

Since it’s inception the Science for Development Award has enabled prize-winning students and teachers travel with Self Help Africa to countries in sub-Saharan Africa to deliver peer presentations of their work, and to undertake further research into their projects. These visits are made possible thanks to a travel bursary prize awarded by Irish Aid.