Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

BEGINS ON

24 November 2019

223

Days

14

Hours

3

Minutes

Hi, my name is Ian Nyasha Mutamiri

NEF Ambassador – Zimbabwe

Ian Nyasha Mutamiri is passionate about leveraging quality technology for social benefits and inspiring young people to create. He holds BSc. and MPhil. degrees in Engineering, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate degree in Computer Science. He is an active innovator locally and internationally and works at grassroots levels going up.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCIENCE IN Zimbabwe

The second Science, Technology and Innovation Policy of Zimbabwe was launched by the Government of Zimbabwe in 2012 with help of organizations such as UNESCO and African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS) Institute. This was an update of its 2005 version, which (now) takes into account new technological developments as well as addresses new national challenges that had emerged. The policy hinges on the importance of mainstreaming STEM in all sectors of the economy, and ensures that everyone benefits from the acquisition and utilization of available technology in improving quality of life. The Policy presents six primal goals through which all efforts should be channeled. These are:
• Strengthen capacity development in STI.
• Learn and utilise emergent technologies to accelerate development.
• Accelerate Commercialization of Research Results.
• Search for scientific solutions to global environmental challenges.
• Mobilize resources and Popularize science and technology.
• Foster international collaboration in STI.
Zimbabwe’s innovation policies are up to date; however, more thought is needed around better coordination of various implementation activities. There is also need for better collaboration among the entities involved, which will reduce fragmentation and create more measurable and sustainable impact. Programmes such as Africa Science Week are key in helping the country achieve these objectives, and it is commendable that the government has given much support to these programmes in various ways (the current Ambassador can testify) and will surely continue to do so.

ASW HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2018

OUR 2019 PROGRAM

November

24th

High School STUDENTS Robotics Competition

9:00 – 4:00

Code-IT 55 Fife Avenue, next to the old US Embassy.

Students will be put into teams of 5 and give cool DIY robots to assemble and operate (accomplish a series of tasks).

November

27th

Kids Outreach Day

9:00 – 4:00

1592A Zinyengere Township, Epworth, Zimbabwe.

Volunteers will spend a day at Tariro House of Hope, an orphanage whose mission is to alleviate poverty and suffering among the less privileged by providing relief and support to orphans and vulnerable children. Kids will be given an opportunity to explore some really cool science kits. Drop us an email (asw@purpletrust.org) if you would like to volunteer.

November

28th

Kids Outreach Day

9:00 – 4:00

1592A Zinyengere Township, Epworth, Zimbabwe.

Volunteers will spend a day at Tariro House of Hope, an orphanage whose mission is to alleviate poverty and suffering among the less privileged by providing relief and support to orphans and vulnerable children. Kids will be given an opportunity to explore some really cool science kits. Drop us an email (asw@purpletrust.org) if you would like to volunteer.

November

29th

NEF Science Conference

8:00 – 4:00

The conference will be held at ARIPO, 11 Natal Road, Avondale, Harare.

We will wrap up ASW Zimbabwe with a mini-conference that will focus on the following: • Honouring women in science • Women’s coding competition • Presentations from university students • Panel discussion: Digital Transformation – The fourth Industrial Revolution • Networking breaks • Cocktail event (PEEK Launch)

Women's Coding Competition (this will be a parallel session)

9:00 – 12:00

The conference will be held at ARIPO, 11 Natal Road, Avondale, Harare.

Purple Early Engineering Kit (PEEK) Launch (this will be a parallel session)

8:00 – 12:00

The conference will be held at ARIPO, 11 Natal Road, Avondale, Harare.

The PEEK is a set of electronics components for kids aged 7 and above, whose objective is to introduce foundation concepts of engineering (specifically electronics and coding). It comes with fun, easy and interesting practical tutorials.

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