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Government Commences 2023 STEM Bootcamp to Foster Innovation in Zambian Youth Ahead of International World Science Event

The 2023 STEM Bootcamp was inaugurated today in a remarkable initiative that coincides with the forthcoming International World Science event. 

Technology and Science Minister, Felix Mutati, emphasized the necessity of conquering the challenges in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by forging strategic partnerships. 

These partnerships, he asserted, are vital to creating inclusive, accessible, and equitable educational opportunities in schools and higher learning institutions.

In a speech delivered on his behalf at the 2023 STEM Bootcamp by Technology and Science Permanent Secretary Dr. Brilliant Habeenzu, Minister Mutati highlighted the barriers facing STEM education. 

These include a lack of diversity, educational disparities, gender bias, limited access to learning and teaching materials, and inadequate financial resources for learning infrastructure, including laboratories. 

Minister Mutati stressed that overcoming these challenges requires collaborative efforts from individuals, organizations, and institutions working in unison.

The concept of “smart partnerships” was introduced as a means to define strategic, effective, and mutually beneficial collaborations that advance the goals of STEM. 

Minister Mutati reaffirmed the government’s commitment, under the leadership of President Hakainde Hichilema, to support the growth of science, technology, and innovation by creating an enabling environment.

He commended the National Science and Technology Council, in partnership with the Zambia Academy of Sciences and the Zambian National STEM Foundation, for organizing the STEM Bootcamp. 

The program’s primary goal is to empower 100 high school students to foster creativity and innovation in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

These 100 high school learners will utilize their critical thinking and creativity to address problems and transform their innovations into products and services that contribute to Zambia’s economic growth and development,  he disclosed.

Minister Mutati also highlighted that the Bootcamp serves as a platform for nurturing and developing the STEM talents of the country’s youth, ultimately bolstering Zambia’s position in the global science and technology landscape.

The 2023 STEM Bootcamp is expected to provide a transformative experience for the participating high school learners, creating a positive ripple effect on the nation’s scientific and technological progress. 

The event aligns with the nation’s commitment to fostering STEM education and innovation and signifies the collaborative efforts of multiple stakeholders in shaping a brighter future for Zambia.

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