Countries that foster and develop technological innovation have a competitive edge, yet in Namibia there is a real shortage of scientists and engineers. For its youth to consider pursuing a scientific education, they need to become excited about science subjects, and understand that studying them is an excellent investment. The journey to inspire learners about science starts in school, which is why school children from all over Namibia take part in festivals and fairs that showcase science, technology and innovation.
Shell Namibia partners with the National Commission for Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) and supports its work promoting these disciplines. Exciting science, technology and innovation concepts and ideas are showcased by learners in science fairs; emerging young innovators present their projects at festivals; and accomplished young researchers participate in research symposiums. Men, women and institutions that have made important contribution to the advancement of science, technology and innovation are also celebrated and awarded. All of these activities aim to inculcate a science, technology and innovation culture among Namibians.
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 National Commission for Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) in its work.
Namibia faces the same energy challenges as the rest of the world, and we need its youth 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 fairs, festivals and awards are a great way of encouraging young people to pursue careers in science and engineering, and Shell wants to help make this happen in Namibia!