On Tuesday, the Irish Embassy hosted a meeting of all key STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) stakeholders in the country to brief them about the Young Scientists Kenya (YSK) plans for the coming year and to maximize coherence across initiatives across the four disciplines.
YSK is a unique platform in East Africa aimed at encouraging secondary school students to demonstrate their innovation and showcase their scientific talents and STEM pathways. It is based on the premise that a wealth of talent and potential for innovation exists in Kenya.
Modelled on the internationally acclaimed British Telecom Young Scientists and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) in Ireland and local science fairs such as Kenya Science and Engineering Fair, 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 everyday problems society faces.
The YSK STEM Outreach Programme is develops a much-needed Science Culture and capacity among young students and teachers in Kenya.
Enhancing the Kenyan government’s plan of the new curriculum, the Outreach programme lays the foundations at secondary school level for further education and training at the tertiary level and the world of work. There is a need for opportunities to exist at lower secondary level to explore student’s own potential, interests and personalities to be ready to begin the specialization available in senior school that leads towards the career path of choice.
The STEM Outreach Programme also aligns to the African Union (AU), Continental Education Strategy Plan (CESA 2015-2025) whose objectives are to fully reorient African education and training systems towards the achievement of the AU’s vision and Agenda 2063. It plans to achieve this by strengthening the science and math curricula in youth training and by disseminating scientific knowledge and culture in society.