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BIUST to host 4th stem festival

Publishing Date : 04 June, 2019

Author : KENNETH MOSEKIEMANG

The Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) will host their annual STEM Festival to be held in Palapye this year from the 4th to the 7th June this year under the theme, “research and innovation for a sustainable future.” The first stem festival was in 2016 held in Gaborone.

Speaking at a press conference held this week in Gaborone, the Director of Pre-University Academic Programmes Dr Haniso Motlhabane said it is time that Batswana build and invest in technology.  Motlhabane said that it is their responsibility as BIUST to help cultivate learners and grooming future scientists.  “We want to be able to provide a lifelong education, we reach out not only to schools but also to the public. We are taking it as our responsibility to link up with industries for all its technical skills,” he said. 


Motlhabane, however is worried that the pre-tertiary students do not manage to reach their cut off points especially in their BGCSE finals.  “This shows that we don’t have a critical mask. There is more that needs to be done in order to nurture the skill and zeal of innovation,” he said. Leapotswe Bantsi, Manager of Pre-University Academic Programmes further stated that as BIUST their main objective at the STEM festival is to encourage the spirit of sharing ideas. She elaborated on the importance of unleashing potential dreamers, innovators and seasonal researchers.


Bantsi also emphasized that the low performance in international measures of performance particularly in terms of secondary education.  “Research and innovation is weak in our country, Botswana’s skills are not world class. We need to do something about our education, innovation and how we look at science. There is a need of change in how we educate,” she said.


Moreover, Bantsi pointed out that as a nation it was time to think about problem solving elaborating that it would be a direction on the right route. She said that the importance of STEM is basically to demystify science and maths and also promote public awareness.
This years’ STEM festival objectives are to buttress students and the public. Several activities like science exhibits, seminar talks, science circuses and teacher training.

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