28 Jan 2015 12:49pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JAN (NAMPA) The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) on Tuesday launched the 2015 Science, Technology and Innovation Festival.
The festival, which is scheduled to take place from 29 June to 03 July in the capital, aims to promote science and technology, especially among the youth.
Another objective is to demystify engineering, science and technology.
Speaking during the launch here, NCRST Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eino Mvula said the festival is expected to draw over 3 000 participants from across the country.
The event will host among others research symposiums, scientific shows, interactive demonstrations, exhibitions, competitions, and awards ceremony.
The NCRST will host the festival in conjunction with other stakeholders, and will embark upon a roadshow to all 14 regions of the country over the next five months, starting in February, to promote the event.
Mvula said the festival will discuss and showcase the importance of science, technology and innovation to national development.
The science, technology and innovation festival will bring together the scientific and innovation community to educate and excite the next generation about this programme, he said.
The festival is organised by a committee consisting of stakeholders from the private sector, State-owned enterprises (SOEs), institutions of higher education, as well as Government ministries.
We are proud to partner with our stakeholders in the promotion of science, technology and innovation, said Mvula.
He noted that over the past nine years, the Ministry of Education through its Directorate of Research, Science and Technology has successfully organised and facilitated the National Science, Technology and Engineering (NAMSCI) Week, with the aim of creating awareness and interest in science, technology and innovation.
Another aim of the NAMSCI Week is to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics, science and technology in Namibian schools, hence collaborations with the University of Namibia and the Polytechnic of Namibia.