SANBio progress noted by SADC Ministers of Higher, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology and Innovation

SANBio Network Manager Dr Ereck Chakauya (far right) with senior officials from SADC member states

The NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences participated at the meeting of Southern African Development (SADC) Ministers responsible for Education and Training and Science, Technology and Innovation Botswana from 28-30 June 2016 in Gaborone Botswana. The main objective of this meeting was to review progress of the implementation of the Education and Training and Science, Technology and Innovation Programmes within the context of the Revised SADC Regional Indicative Development Plan (RISDP) 2015-2020 and other regional and international frameworks.

In his opening address, Mr Nonofo Molefhi, the Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology of Botswana said science, technology and skills development are key drivers of economic development and competitiveness. He further highlighted that as SADC we have already recognised that these are important facts in achieving sustainable and equitable socio-economic growth and poverty eradication.”

“There is a need to strengthen investment in pre-primary and secondary education curricula to be able to significantly increase the quality of student achievement, particularly in mathematics and science” said minister Molefhi

The ministers noted that SANBio will be providing technical support to the SADC Secretariat in implementing the regional indigenous Knowledge System (IKS) policy engagement programmes.

Other centres of excellence participated at the meeting included; the Southern Africa Network for Water Centres of Excellence, International Council for Science Regional Office for Africa and The World Academy of Sciences.

The meeting attracted participants from different portfolios including the Ministers of Education Science and Technology from the 15 SADC Member States, the SADC Secretariat, prominent scientists, development partners and relevant stakeholders.