YST pushes for support to young scientists

LINDI: YOUNG Scientists Tanzania (YST) has urged stakeholders, private sector and other people to support the country’s promising young scientists to further develop their researches and innovation that are critical drivers of development and sustainability.

YST Co. Founder Dr Gozibert Kamugisha made the call here saying there are many students who have developed science projects that provide practical solutions to the current development challenges facing the society but they lack support to further develop them.

“There is a need for stakeholders, private sector to come out and support promising young scientists in the country, there are many science and innovative projects by students, the projects are critical drivers for development,” he said.

Dr Kamugisha made the call here during the Second Young Scientists’ regional exhibition in Lindi Region. The exhibition was organized by YST and facilitated by Shell Exploration and Production Tanzania.

According to Dr Kamugisha, the move to support young scientists will also enable the country to secure the young scientists’ career development to contribute to retaining research talents in the country as well as supporting the next generation of scientific leaders.

Officiating at the event, Lindi Regional Education Officer Mr Joseph Mabeo thanked the management of YST for being at the forefront building the capacity of secondary school students on science and innovation issues.

“We (government in Lindi) really appreciate the efforts by YST in building the capacity of our secondary school students on science and innovation matters, the move is very critical for development,” he said.

According to Mr Mabeo, the government in Lindi is committed to supporting young scientists in the country ensuring availability of supporting infrastructures and resources in schools.

“The government is very committed towards supporting students, especially young scientists,” he said, noting that for this year, the region has received 5bn/- to build secondary schools with laboratory buildings to provide students with various opportunities to learn and experiment science and innovative matters.

Meanwhile, two students with the best project on research and innovation from Nkowe Secondary School in Lindi Region were selected to compete at the national exhibition scheduled for December 7th, this year in Dar es Salaam.

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