The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) has partnered with the Namibia Ports Authority (NamPort) in hosting what is to be known as the Biggest Brainer Science Quiz.
The two institutions signed a sponsorship agreement establishing a key partnership for the annual science competition. Through this partnership NCRST and NamPort will jointly facilitate the NamPort Biggest Brainer Science Quiz Competition for high school learners across Namibia. The competition also aims at promoting public understanding of science, technology and innovation. “As citizens of Namibia, we hold equal responsibility for the growth of this nation to empower our youth with science and technology at all levels of education, as it plays a pivotal role in shaping their lives and careers which in turn will benefit our nation. The future of our nation is in their hands and they can elevate our nation to more advanced levels than what it is today”, said Dr Diina Shuuluka, of the NCRST.
Bisey /Uirab, NamPort chief executive officer (CEO), said: This will enable Namibian youth to utilise this platform to grow and prosper and learn about themselves and their potential career dreams.” He added that Namport and the NCRST aim to engage the youth on a national platform and to encourage high school pupils to compete amongst themselves to motivate and inspire the science leaders of tomorrow. The Science Quiz Competition, which is scheduled during the NCRST’s Month of Science in September, provides innumerable benefits to learners, benefitting their educational and social development.
Participation in a science quiz competition stimulates a learner’s interest in science and technology, while simultaneously promoting the development of the skills such as communication, strategic thinking, teamwork, and lights the fire in the quest for knowledge. A learner’s decisions about study and career paths are primarily based on interest in a particular field and on his/her perception of job prospects in that field. Positive contacts with science and technology at an early age can have a long-lasting impact.