Welcome to the National Commission for Research, Science and Technology.
Fostering Excellence through Knowledge and Innovation
"As we go forward, we will seek to be transactional in maintaining and strengthening the governance architecture, but we will also be transformational as we prepare the citizens for the new economy that requires the development of new parameters in education, innovation, and enterprise", - His Excellency, Dr Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia
Windhoek, Namibia – The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) recently attended the 3rd Biennial Symposium by
Windhoek, Namibia – Another partnership was cemented between the national institutions responsib
This year’s Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Festival was held in Ongwediva at the Ongwediva Trade Fair Centre from 12-16 September 2016, drawing more than 3000 visitors from schools across the northern regions. The Festival showcased the importance of science, technology and innovation to national development, and gave audiences an amazing experience through a programme of STI inspiring events.
Science and Mathematics had always been regarded as difficult subjects and learners tend to shy away from them. There are many factors that may contribute to this, including our traditional methods of teaching. It is obvious that we need a complete new mindset to set this problem straight. One way to address this problem is to promote the public understanding of science, technology and innovation
Promoting Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to the public has served as an eye-opener to many people. During career fairs and shows people get to see the application of STI in the practical world, i.e. how STI is practically applied to solve social problems. This seem to entice the public interest to a big extend. And. interventions such as Science shows, Science weeks and Science films not only provides the public with ample opportunities to see and get in contact with STI, but they also sensitizes and stimulates interest in the public to further want to engage and discover the wonders of STI. .
For Namibia to achieve the targets set by vision 2030, we need to apply deliberate efforts that will promote science, technology and innovation, through science fairs and related activities, which will change the mindset of Namibians as far as science, technology and innovation are concerned.
This year’s event was celebrated at Ongwediva Trade Fair Centre on 12 – 16 September, under the theme “Love Pulses” in cerebration with UNESCO’s International Year of Pulses. Pulses play a major role in addressing the future global food security and environmental challenges as well as contribute to balanced and healthy diets.
The purpose of the Science, Technology and Innovation Festival is to popularize science, technology and innovation amongst students, educators and the general public. The aim is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.
The short term objectives of the Science, Technology and Innovation Festival are:
To demonstrate that science, technology and innovation underpin our everyday activities;
· To demystify popular misconceptions and create a new mind set about science, technology and innovation; and
· To create a platform where scientists, technologists and innovators are provided the opportunity to make science, technology and innovation accessible to all people.
The long term objectives of the Science, Technology and Innovation Festival are:
· To stimulate an awareness and interest in science, technology and innovation amongst all beneficiaries;
· To showcase and encourage innovation and creativity;
· To enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics, science and technology at secondary school level;
· To encourage learners in junior secondary schools especially the girl child to study and improve their performances in mathematics, science and technology subjects for the senior certificate;
· To attract more learners into science, technology and innovation careers;
· To involve and encourage Tertiary students who are either perusing studies in science, technology and innovation related programmes, those doing science and technology related modules, in order to inspire students and help them gain more insight beyond what they receive in a lecture room;
· To promote science education projects already functioning in the country; and
· To create a science, technology and innovation showcase platform for stakeholders in the private, public and parastatal sectors.
FUNDING AND PARTNERS
The Science, Technology and Innovation Festival received sponsorship to the following institutions in addition to the NCRST core funding and we are very grateful to our sponsors who include
· Shell Namibia
· MTC Namibia.
We also wish to thank our partners for their in kind support as follows:
· University of Namibia
· Namibia University of Science and Technology
· Namibian Standard Institution
· Ministry of Mines and Energy: Geological Survey
· Ministry of Environment and Tourism
· Namibia Institute of Pathology
· Department of Science and Technology, South Africa
· GIA, US Embassy
· Living Maths, South Africa
· Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation
· Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture
· South African Agency for Science & Technology Advancement
· Valombola Vocational Training Centre.
We are also grateful for the media for featuring the Festival.