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UNESCO World Science Day 2015

Concept Note

1. Background and Motivation

Since the year 2001, UNESCO World Science Day for Peace and Development has been celebrated on the 10th of November to echo why science is relevant in our daily lives and to engage the public in debate on related issues. By throwing bridges between science and society, we want to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science, while underscoring the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.

 

The UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa in partnership with the Government of Zimbabwe and the Transformative Gender Institute will hold a career fair at Harare Gardens in Zimbabwe on the 10th of November 2015 to celebrate this year’s World Science Day with other countries worldwide.

The aim of the career fair is to heighten the interests of students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields by bringing them in contact with relevant companies, institutions and employers in the STEM fields.

2. Objectives

The overall objective of this event is to celebrate the 2015 UNESCO Science Day in Zimbabwe with the following specific objectives;

a) To engage with students so as to heighten their interest in STEM fields

b) To bring students in Harare in contact with relevant institutions, employers and professionals in the STEM fields

c) To collect quantitative and qualitative data to elucidate the limited access of the youth in accessing STEM services and careers

3. Modality of Action

The career fair will bring students from primary, secondary and universities in contact with relevant professionals and employers involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields to ginger interests in pursuing STEM-related careers. Science advocates and STEM companies will be at hand to elucidate the importance of science in solving challenges of basic needs, promoting industrialization and providing evidence for resilience building for the planet we want.

4. Target Group

The main target groups are students from primary and secondary schools as well as universities, parents and policy makers.

5. Time frame and Venue

The celebration of the 2015 UNESCO Science Day will take place at Harare Gardens in Zimbabwe on the 10th of November 2015.

6. Expected Outcomes

  • Increased interest and awareness created for primary, secondary and university students to take up STEM careers
  • Quantitative and qualitative data collected to inform policy and action to increase interest of the youth in accessing STEM services and careers

7. Follow up event

The main follow up to the celebration of the World Science Day is the organisation of a two day camp on ‘Mentoring Girls into STEM Careers’ with the objective to provide selected girls opportunity to be mentored by Science professional and advocates and in addressing the under-representation of girls in STEM. Thirty girls from 10 schools in the Gweru area will be mentored and trained to be ambassadors for STEM at their respective schools. The camp will be held at the end of November 2015.

CELEBRATING THE 2015 UNESCO WORLD SCIENCE DAY FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT IN ZIMBABWE
10 NOVEMBER 2015 –HARARE GARDENS, Zimbabwe

TIME

ACTIVITY

10.00 - 11.00 Arrival and registration of exhibitors by the Transformative Gender Institute
11.00 - 11.10 Welcome remarks and objectives of the career fair:
Transformative Gender Institute
11.10 - 11.35 Tour of Exhibitors’ Stands by invited Guests
11.35 - 11.50 UNESCO Director General’s speech on UNESCO World Science Day:
Dr Peggy Oti-Boateng, SPS-S&T, UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa
11.50 - 11.55 Statement from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education
11.55 - 12.00 Statement from the Ministry of ICT’s, Post and Courier Services
12.00 - 12.05 Statement from the Ministry of State for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education and Vocational Training
12.05 - 12.10 Entertainment
12.10 - 12.20 Guest of Honour Speech from the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology Development
12.20 - 12.25 Vote of thanks from the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa
12.25 - 16.00 Official Opening of Exhibitors Stands for all