IUM to host SAARMSTE: uniting African education and research for progress
By Uaueza Kanguatjivi
PROFESSOR David Namwandi, the International University of Management (IUM) founder, has encouraged local educational institutions to strive for the strength of togetherness.
Namwandi made the remarks as IUM, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Ministry of Basic Education, the University of Namibia (UNAM), and the Ministry of Higher Education are set to collaborate on hosting the 2024 Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (SAARMSTE) Conference from January 16 to 18.
Namwandi said unity is strength and synergy is power; when we work together as Africans, we build strength, and other nations will respect us.
“Science is power, and the divide between poor and rich nations is only that common denominator. We are doomed if we don’t train our students and give them the right ingredients for our societies. We cannot innovate or invent if we do not respect science. We fought so hard for independence and freed ourselves, but we are slowly backsliding into corruption, hatred, jealousy, and all these other things that are pulling us back. It is time to discard some of this baggage to reach our promised land.
“Let science and technology liberate us,” Namwandi said.
The SAARMSTE Conference will be held under the theme ‘Rethinking Relevant Research in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR)’.
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