Science for Development and the Role of Young Scientists Kenya
In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly took a historic and visionary step with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. For the first time at this level, the role of science, technology and innovation has been explicitly recognized as a vital driver of sustainability. Sustainability depends on the capacity of states to put science at the heart of their national strategies for development, strengthening their capacities and investment to tackle challenges, some of which are still unknown.
Sustainable Development Goals Targets 17.6 and 17.8 respectively aim to “Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism“ and to “fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology”.
As a people, and on a global scale, we are connected through the SDGs. Different countries have implementation mechanisms to attain the ambitious goals as set out in the agenda 2030. The Young Scientists Kenya exists to contribute to this process.
WHAT IS YOUNG SCIENTISTS KENYA?
Young Scientists Kenya is a unique platform in East Africa, for young people to demonstrate their innovation and showcase their scientific talents. It is based on the premise that a wealth of talent and potential for innovation exists in Kenya and Africa at large. Through annual exhibitions, Young Scientists Kenya will help to popularize science and technology amongst young people and encourage them to develop projects that seek practical solutions to the problems we face within the society. It’s a springboard for future entrepreneurs, innovators, academics, CEOs and scientists who will contribute towards the attainment of the SDGs. The aim of Young Scientists Kenya is to create a movement of young scientists, from curiosity to PHDs, and providing a rich STEM pipeline across the education sector. For Africa to attain the 1m PHDs, there needs to be a much stronger pipeline of young scientist from an early age. This is what Young Scientists Kenya contributes towards by working in a triple helix manner of engaging with the government, the private sector, the academia and the non- state actors.
Science is all around us. It plays a major role in the growth and stability of the world’s economies, making it a priority for each country to develop and nurture young talent in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) fields. As the need for critical thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and inventors rises, Young Scientists Kenya invites you to join us.
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Eric Nyamwaro
National Programmes and Partnerships Director
Young Scientists Kenya