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"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
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Ms Lovisa Kambonde- Immanuel (NCRST),Ms Nina Louw (RMB),Ms Ndahekelekwa Paulus (Winner) 4TH PLACE, Ms Mary Shikukutu (Winner) 2ND PL
The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) facilitated a briefing and capacity building session for the NamPower National Science Fair Regional Coordinators, recently at its headquarters in Windhoek.
13 Regional Coordinators, representing all regions of Namibia, were briefed on the NCRST’s role in the institutionalisation of research, science, technology and innovation systems in Namibia, as well as the Commission’s research, science, technology and innovation support and coordination function.
The NamPower National Science Fair, of which the NCRST is a co-sponsor and partner, is an annual event where the best science fair projects from all the regions compete against each other. The National Science Fair aims to stimulate interest in young people in science, math, and engineering; provide educational experience through participation in scientific research; give public recognition to learners for the work that they have done; encourage inquisitive students to explore their environment in a systematic, logical manner; and to stimulate students interest in science and technology while simultaneously promoting the development of the life skills of communication, decision making, evaluation of alternative solutions, and critical thinking.
This year’s event will take place 9-12 September 2014 at the SKW Sport Fields in Windhoek, and with only a few weeks of preparation remaining, the NCRST initiated an informational session for regional coordinators who play a pivotal role in the process of the Science Fair. To ensure a fair and objective judging process, coordinators were reminded of the judging procedures, confidentiality, and conflict of interest guidelines, as well the judging criteria. Projects are then judged on their creative ability; scientific thought or engineering goal; thoroughness; skill; and clarity.
“One of the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology functions is to facilitate scientific human and institutional capacity building, as well as to promote science as a preferred area of study in Namibia and the Science Fair is one of the vehicle to encourage learners, teachers and parents to take more active interest in the study of science by providing an opportunity for learners to conduct and publicly present an independent scientific inquiry. The NCRST is grateful to NamPower Foundation, the main sponsor of this annual event and we hope to have more of these kinds of sessions to enhance the significance of national science initiatives countrywide”, said Dr Diina Shuuluka, General Manager: RST Coordination and Support.