The journey to inspire learners about science starts in school, which is why Namibian school children from the length and breadth of the country take part in a festival that showcases science, technology and innovation.
Countries with a lot of technological innovation have a real competitive edge, and there is a real shortage in Namibia of scientists and engineers. For its youth to consider pursuing a scientific education, they need to become excited about technical subjects, and understand that studying them is an excellent investment.
Shell Namibia partners with the National Commission for Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) and supports a national science festival, designed to engage school children and undergraduates about science, technology and innovation.
Activities at this festival include hands-on experiences at exhibitions, science workshops, symposia, competitions and awards.
At Shell we are determined to help create the conditions in which innovation is supported within the industry at large. Innovation requires many different kinds of expertise, and we work closely with partners and experts to share knowledge, spark new ideas and speed up their development and deployment.
That is why Shell Namibia supports the Science, Technology and Innovation festival.
Namibia faces the same energy challenges as the rest of the world, and we need the youth of Namibia to start thinking about how we can overcome these challenges.
Innovation isn’t something we can take for granted. It won’t happen at the scale we need it to unless it’s encouraged and instilled in the new generations entering the world’s workforce.
“We can’t just cross our fingers and hope that more students will pursue these subjects in the years ahead. Much more needs to happen to encourage them. This means coming up with different ways to seek out and encourage the next generation of innovators”, says Dennis Zekveld, Shell Namibia Country Chair.
Initiatives like the science, technology and innovation festival are very good at encouraging young people to pursue careers in science and engineering, and Shell wants to help make this happen in Namibia!