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Dangoor Education’s gift is opening up science to all

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Dangoor Education's gift offers everyone the opportunity to explore science

Everyone with an interest in science can now study a range of new free courses online, thanks to a generous gift of more than £1m by Dangoor Education, the educational arm of The Exilarch’s Foundation.

The 12 massive open online courses (MOOCs) supported by Dangoor Education since 2013 range from exploring the Moon to investigations into cancer and autism. Users don’t need to be formally registered students – anyone can sign up to study.

David Dangoor of Dangoor Education, says, “The Open University offers a high quality education at a scale which is unmatched, not only in the UK, but globally. Dangoor Education is delighted to support the OU’s bold step into MOOCs, making innovative science teaching freely available to anyone with access to the internet. We hope that these pioneering courses will help more people turn an interest in science into a qualification and even a career”.

Tens of thousands of learners have used the courses to follow their passion for science. An older learner found a second chance to learn the things he’d missed out on at school; “In the early 1960’s, as a 13 year old pupil at a small Grammar School, I was required to make the choice between arts or science subjects… Now, over 50 years later, I am excited about taking the first steps to expanding my knowledge and understanding of what science is.”

A mother of two found two immediate uses for the science experiments course, “I’d like to share these experiments with my 10 and 12 year old children, but I think some of the experiments presented here could also feed into my work training English Language Teachers who teach science in bilingual projects in my area.”