The University of Botswana was among a host of institutions that converged on Goodhope for the commemoration of the National Science Week on August 19-23, 2019.
Commemorated under the theme, Embracing Rapid Technologies for Sustainable Development, the Goodhope event was a culmination of month- long activities held in different parts of the country under the auspices of the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology.
UB was represented by the Faculty of Science which among its exhibitions hosted a science circus and glass blowing demonstration. The University has always been part of the event which is held annually and in 2018 it was tasked with the organisation of the Mochudi event.
Speaking at the official opening of this year’s event held at Goodhope Senior Secondary School, Kgosi Botiki Motshegare of Goodhope, said indigenous knowledge systems should also be recognised as an integral part of science. However, Kgosi Motshegare commended government for organising events such as the National Science Week because such would help change Batswana's mindset and perceptions towards science.
That is because such events are held to stimulate awareness towards Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects across society especially students at various levels of their education. The events are also held to expose the public to advances in technology besides building capacity in Botswana through the participation of different stakeholders. The focus is mainly on local STEM innovations.
Addressing the gathering, Assistant Minister of Tertiary Education, Research Science and Technology, Mr Moiseraela Goya, encouraged training institutions such the University of Botswana to intensify research to address the challenges the country was facing on a daily basis.
Mr Goya also cautioned the public against cyber security challenges, saying Batswana would need to adapt to the new world order through innovations and inventions that defy orthodox methods of conducting business. He added that the youth needed to be motivated to move away from conventionality if they were to make a breakthrough in STEM subjects.