- 11 August 2016
In our endeavour to connect further with the broader community while enhancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) literacy, Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology (MIST) in collaboration with BIUST hosted a National Science Week on the 15th to 19th August 2016 in Palapye.
The five days festival which was held at the Palapye Vocational Training Centre, West Campus highlighted the relevance and criticality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics by celebrating STEM as well as STEM innovations and inventions.
Officially opening the event, the Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Honourable Nonofo Molefhi said the country needs to improve on key indicators such as the current expenditure on education, percentage of graduates in science and engineering, researchers headcount per million people, gross expenditure on research, percentage of research and development performed by businesses, local application for intellectual property protection such as patents and production of scientific and technical publications.
He said it is imperative for Botswana to encourage innovation and creativity all round, through supervising short term science programs, mentoring the girl child and being role models, jointly making research promotion reports and instructing youth science clubs to spark interest, build confidence and enhance aptitude for mathematics and science related disciplines.
The Minister, who is also, Member of Parliament for Selibe Phikwe East also said countries that were excelling in technology developments continued to nurture children and young people’s interest in science and technology, stating that investment in the promotion of science at a tender age had boosted scientific literacy amongst the youth in such countries.
The Science Technology and Innovation Week is being commemorated as part of a series of activities taking place during September, the “Science and Innovation Month”.
For more information on STEM Festival click here