On 20th July, the Education Attache’ Mrs. Dorothy Kamwilu attended a workshop organized by PlanetEarth Institute. Planet Earth is an international charity and NGO with the mission of working for the scientific independence in Africa. Every year it holds Un-conference which is attended by the people from business, politics, civil society and academic giving plenty of opportunity for private, high-level bi-lateral meetings.
The year’s theme was ‘Big ideas for Africa: Celebrating the Continent’s Science and Technology pioneers’’.
Africa and Africans have made a significant contribution to global science in fields as diverse as agri-business, public health, space science, Energy, and water.
Among those invited were:-
- Maya kulucky- Project Director- Business Development and strategy, IBM Research Africa.
- Pro Kelly Chibale- Principal Investigator and professor University of cape Town
- Hon Min Blade Nzimande- South African Minister for Higher Education and Training
- Simon Kay- Head of International operations and partnerships welcome Trust.
- Min Ibrahim Mohammed Awal- Ghana’s Minister for Business Development
- Sipho Moyo- Director of Special projects African Development Bank(AFDB)
- Pro Maggy Momba- Research Professor, Tshwane University of Technology
Over twenty different companies were invited to show case their partnerships with countries in Africa. There was an emphasis on encouraging students to study Agriculture because those involved in Agriculture in Countries in Africa are aging. Teacher training colleges / Universities should be encouraged to include Agriculture in the curriculum so that teachers are taught how to teach it and change the attitude of students.
There is a great need for our Secondary education curriculum to go beyond knowing to embracing creativity and critical thinking. It should go to higher level of thinking that is problem-solving, evaluating and reasoning. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) should be embraced more in teaching and learning in our schools. Students should be involved more in projects like dismantling and re-assembling of computers, Bio gas generation, water purification or Robotics, that provoke their critical/ creative thinking. Collaboration and Partnership with companies /NGOs is the way to go in order to build a movement for Science, Technology, and Innovation in Africa.