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Luanda Science Center has opened its doors

As of this Wednesday, Luanda now has a science center. The Luanda Science Center (CCL) was inaugurated by the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, in a ceremony attended by the Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe, Patrice Trovoada.

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The head of state, accompanied by the first lady of the Republic, made a detailed visit to the space.

"For three hours, the President of the Republic, accompanied by the First Lady, Ana Dias Lourenço, visited in detail the infrastructure that combines culture and science in the same space, integrating several interactive exhibitions, a planetarium and an auditorium with a giant screen for projection of films and documentaries with effects", reads a statement from CIPRA, to which VerAngola had access.

The center, which is the result of the "reconversion of the old Luanda Soap Factory", will become "a space for learning and entertainment for all age groups, especially students and researchers".

According to the statement, the main objective is to "raise the scientific culture of the population, in general, and of children and young people, in particular, through the massification of scientific and technological knowledge".

On the occasion, the head of state said there was a need to guarantee "funds and prepare qualified personnel to keep" the facilities in permanent operation.

"We need to secure funds and prepare qualified personnel to keep these facilities operating permanently. Completing projects is very important, but, perhaps, more important than that is ensuring their continuity with the quality that is required. The investment made here is large. Therefore, we cannot neglect the need for its maintenance", he stated, in statements to the press.

The President of the Republic also mentioned that the center was chosen instead of the initial idea of a museum as it would be more interactive and educational.

"Museums are more static, so to speak. The connection between the visitor and the museum is almost exclusively through looking, listening to the explanation, while a science center is more interactive", he indicated.

"Let's say that the Center ends up being more educational, in the sense that it starts to involve the practical part right away. The museum is more theory, explanation. At the Center, the user ends up starting to have a certain practice", he added.

Regarding the possibility of opening other centers of this type in the country, the head of state said that "a center of this magnitude" does not need to be spread across the country, adding: "What we need is to create conditions so that as many citizens as possible, especially young people, young people in general, but, in particular, young students, students, have the possibility of, one time or another, being able to stop by this center".

Thus, he also highlighted that the center's management will "interact with different institutions, not just education and teaching institutions, in order to provide the possibility for as many young people as possible, no matter where they live, to have this opportunity to pass this way".

Among the various features of the CCL, which will have 68 employees, stand out exhibition rooms, planetarium, video mapping, butterfly garden, cinema room and even a secular house.


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