GABORONE, (Xinhua) --
The 16th Conference for Mathematics,
Science and Technology in Africa kicked off on Tuesday in Maun,
The meeting brought
together member states of Strengthening Mathematics and Science
Education in Africa (SMASE) organization to discuss issues
related to mathematics, science and technology education.
SMASE is a
pan-African organization that gathers regional countries to look
for approaches to boost mathematics and science education.
Botswana, Gambia, Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Uganda, Zambia
and Zimbabwe were expected to share ideas on advancing the
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) agenda
at the conference.
of Basic Education Bagalatia Arone said quality development is
underpinned by quality education and highlighted the importance
of channeling more resources towards education and empowering
teachers to nurture modern talents.
As a SMASE
beneficiary, his country fully supports the organization’s
endeavors, he added.
He lauded this
conference as a major step towards realizing the goal of SMASE,
the African Union Agenda 2023 and the Continental Education
Strategy for Africa 2025 as well as a platform for mutual
assistance on STEM against rising economic challenges.