The Republic of Botswana’s Ministry of Communications, Knowledge and Technology (MCKT) is poised to host the much-anticipated National Science Week (NSW) from August 21st to 25th, 2023, in collaboration with the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) and other key stakeholders. Under the overarching theme, “Leveraging STEAM Education for Socio-Economic Development,” the event promises a diverse array of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) activities.
Gracing the opening ceremony on August 22nd at 09:00 AM at Letlhakeng Bus Rank will be the esteemed Minister of Communications, Knowledge and Technology, Honourable Thulagano M. Segokgo. With a resolute commitment to advancing the intersection of education, innovation, and progress, this annual event is an opportunity for Botswana to strengthen its foothold in the global knowledge economy.
National Science Week, a cornerstone of the Month of Science observed in August, underscores the Ministry’s dedication to enhancing public awareness and driving national impact through a comprehensive range of STEAM-based endeavors. The ultimate goal is to shape policy decisions that foster sustainable development, harness technology’s potential for widespread benefit, and encourage shared value among the citizens of Botswana.
The 2023 edition is especially focused on nurturing the potential of the country’s youth by promoting STEAM-related subjects. As an essential platform for knowledge exchange, the Science Week encompasses activities spanning diverse fields, from captivating demonstrations on glass blowing, coding, and robotics to captivating displays of the wonders of astronomy and a dynamic science circus. Panel discussions, exhibitions, seminars, and lectures on pivotal subjects like science, research, and cyber security will also take center stage.
An impressive lineup of attendees, including Ministers, Senior Government Officials, Heads of Foreign Missions, Industry Leaders, University Vice Chancellors, students, and members of the community from Letlhakeng District and neighboring villages, are expected to participate in this enriching event. The curtains will fall on the NSW2023 on August 25th, marking the culmination of a week-long celebration of education, innovation, and collaboration.
The inclusion of “A” for Arts in this year’s theme, transforming STEM into STEAM, underscores the realization that the Arts play a pivotal role in fostering creativity, innovation, and effective communication skills. This expanded focus highlights the interconnectedness of various disciplines in driving holistic progress.