Students have been challenged to take up science subjects seriously as they trigger research and offer realistic means of harnessing resources.
The call was made by Manicaland provincial education director Peter Muzawazi who was speaking at the sixth edition of the Schools Science Fair in Mutare where 45 primary and secondary schools participated.
He said scientific thinking helps identify problems and solutions for the maximum utilisation of resources in the country.
“Basically we want to create an opportunity for every child to be involved in science projects. In this way we will inspire them to be innovative.
The country is blessed with many natural resources, but we are failing to utilise them due to technical shortcomings. If we take the subject seriously, we will end up with our own Bill Gates and Steve Jobs here,” he said.
Africa University vice-chancellor Professor Fanuel Tagwira said for a country to build a strong economy it needed a sound scientific base.
“The widening gap between nations today is linked more and more to corresponding gap in science and technology. The level of awareness of the value of science and technology needs to be raised among both the general population and the policymakers,” he said.
He added that developing countries cannot afford to pay lip service to science if they want to raise the people’s standards of living and the fair was the right platform to encourage youths to join the science world.
The science exhibition attracted 119 projects from primary and secondary students from across the province. They competed in four categories namely collection, investigation, construction and substance. Winners were presented with different learning materials to enhance their scientific skills.
“I feel proud that I have won a prize for making my own shoe polish.
I am looking forward to achieve something big in science circles and also hope to contribute towards science development in Zimbabwe,” said a Form Two student, Petronella Mukada of St Joseph, Rusape.