Commissioner Lauds Young Scientist Centre for Inculcating Scientific Culture in Anambra Students

Commissioner for Education,Prof Ngozi Chuma- Udeh has lauded the efforts of Young Scientist Centre in initiating and inculcating scientific culture in Anambra students.
The Commissioner made this remark while receiving the organisation in her office at Jerome Udorji Secretariat Complex, Awka. Prof Chuma Udeh stated that the move to postively mould the mind of our young ones towards science, technology,Engineering and mathematics is a welcomed development as education is becoming technology driven,hence schools need to graduate pupils that are skilled in these areas.
She assured the organization of continued collaboration for the good of Anambra students and state at large.

Earlier in her remarks,the National Coordinator, Young Scientist Centre,(YSC) Prof. Bernadette A.Ezeliora said that YSC is a non-profit organization specifically initiated to build the skills of innovation , invention and creativity in students by driving their interest towards science ,technology,engineering and mathematics. Prof.Ezeliora explained that science,technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is the gateway to technological growth and economic empowerment. She explained ,that young people who are still in the early education stage of life and have bright minds are easier to teach ,to train and to develop the capacity for invention and innovation,adding that this is what formed the vision of the organization,”Catch them young for Stem”.

She decried the fact that few researchers consider the importance of quality and quantity of STEM acquired by children while in primary schools, a situation that is compounded by dearth of qualified science teachers in our schools. Prof. Ezeliora stated that a lot of early STEM potentials are lost at primary and secondary schools due to poor management and lack of direction in their early life. “A situation where a Social studies teacher is expected to teach English, Mathematics,Basic Science is wrong’,she stated.

Prof.Bernadette A.Ezeliora called the attention of the state government to important role STEM plays in the economic,political and social development of a Nation.
“The phenomenal rate of economic growth shown by G7 countries is ascribe to their ability to harness the fruits of STEM. “Science, technology, engineering and mathematics,(STEM) affect the way we live. The very basic human needs for survival namely food,clothing, shelter and how effectively they are delivered for huge populations are determined by inputs of STEM.” “It is clear that nation’s on the forefront of modern development are those that invested enormous resources over considerable time in STEM”.

Prof. Ezeliora solicited the support of government in sensitising the student on the contribution of science, technology, engineering and mathematics(STEM) to the betterment of human conditions.

 

Obiageli Nwankwo
Info officer,Min of Education

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