The 5th National Science Week was officially opened yesterday by the Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr Fred Matiang’i.

Noting that the event is key in the Ministry’s calendar, the CS emphasised the need for resource mobilisation by forming productive partnerships and engaging more players and sponsors to invest in research and innovations.  The CS reiterated the need for scientists, engineers and other experts to enhance there skills and acquire modern technologies by engaging in local projects such as the construction of the standard gauge railway.

On curriculum reforms, the CS said the Government was focusing more on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills so as to achieve development as espoused in the vision 2030. Currently, the Government has constructed 60 technical training institutions and has embarked on additional 70 others in the second phase. Eight polytechnics have also been elevated to National status, an indication for the support for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

The Principal Secretary, Higher Education Prof. Collette Suda said there is need to support and empower the youth, scientists and researchers though marketing and patenting their products.

This is the fifth (5th) National Science week, which has attracted participants and exhibitors from universities, primary and secondary schools, Research Institutions, Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurial Training (TVET) Institutions, International organisations and Development partners.

The theme of this year’s national science week is “Research, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Industrial Development”. Participants include policy makers, scholars, academicians, scientists, students, entrepreneurs and innovators from national and regional institutions such as Universities, Primary and Secondary schools, Research Institutions, Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurial Training (TVET) Institutions, International organizations and Development partners.

The week long event which articulates the Government’s policies on research, science, technology and innovation (ST&I) aims to raise public awareness and popularize science, technology and innovation among the citizenry. The event also aims to appraise the country’s achievements and breakthroughs in application of ST&I for the country’s socio-economic growth and development. Participants at the forum and exhibition stands also share knowledge and showcase what science has already done to drive the country’s development towards the achievement of Vision 2030.

This year’s event has attracted over 100 exhibitors, displaying various items related to scientific innovations. The exhibitions aim to  showcase,  celebrate,  recognize  and  reward  outstanding  Kenyan  scientists  and innovators. The forum also creates more opportunities for the innovative youths and empowers them on the important role played by science and technology.

During the forum keynote speeches, case studies, roundtable discussions and papers will be presented by individuals and participants from public and private institutions involved in training, research and policy. Presentations, discussions and exhibits will be within the themes and may address any of the areas in the four subthemes namely: Sustainable Infrastructure Development, Environmentally Sound Technologies, Information, Communication and Technology for Development, Capacity building in science and technology. The theme for this year’s event is “Research, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Industrial Development”.

The event comprises exhibition, robotics contest and a conference. It closes on Friday, 20th May 2016 and is hosted by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology through the National Commission of science and Technology.

 

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