Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

BEGINS ON

24 November 2019

8

Days

12

Hours

33

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

October

19th

High School Robotics Competition: Robot Task Contest

9:00 – 4:00

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

October

21st

Kuda Vana Kids Outreach Day

9:00 – 4:00

Kuda Vana Orphanage, Mutare

A day of fun-filled learning where the kids at Kudavana (https://kudavana.org/) will explore some science kits, robots, and also learn the basics of coding using Scratch. Kuda Vana, which means " Loving Children" in the Shona language, is committed to improving the situation of children without adequate family care.

October

23rd

Breakfast Meeting

7:00 – 4:00

TBA

A breakfast event where the Purple Future Trust will launch the Purple Early Education Kit, which is an affordable set of electronics components for kids aged seven and above which comes with a manual with simple-to-follow tutorials (coding and electronics).

October

25th

NEF Science Conference and Women’s Coding Contest

8:00 – 4:00

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The NEF Science Conference is a one-day event that will be covered live by Capitalk FM. We will honour women in science, and have exhibitions and presentations from university students. We will invite speakers from several organizations that use technology, who will talk about how they are using technology and where there are opportunities for innovation (gaps that tech can address). There will also be a panel discussion on STEM and the Economy with focus on commercializing projects coming out of academia (still a very relevant issue), as well as a special focus on the energy crisis. The program will have several breaks, which can be used as opportunities to network. A Women’s Coding Contest will run parallel to the main conference, at the same venue. Girls will be put into teams, given some KANO computers, and a challenge to solve using Scratch. Boys are also welcome to join in.

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