Young Scientist Kenya initiative to target 45,000 students
An initiative commissioned by the Irish and Kenyan governments as part of the Young Scientist Kenya project is targeting to entice some 45,000 students to showcase their experimented projects and experiences in science and engineering in line with efforts to shift Kenya from an agrarian society.
A report by The Standard said that Ireland’s Ministry of Education and the Kenyan government opened this year’s Young Scientist Kenya (YSK) exhibition at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, which are participated by different countries from July 27 to August 7, 2019.
The Standard said YSK teams went to 47 counties in Kenya to reach out to more than 45,000 students to participate and has gathered 235 projects to be displayed.
“Ireland has a development story that is similar to Kenya, in terms of how Ireland developed its private sector, the agriculture sector, building strong links that missionaries set up,” newly-installed Irish Ambassador Fionnuala Quinlan said.
Quinlan is a new ambassador who replaced Dr. Vincent O’Neill, who reopened the Irish Embassy in Kenya after a 26-year hiatus.
Young Scientist Kenya to be a boon to entrepreneurship
“YSK builds on that. It is a big boom on the entrepreneurship,” she added.
Quinlan said that more efforts are needed to shift from agriculture to “one of the most open and globalised economies in the world.”
“We are hoping to nurture and support next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs working in science and engineering and all those areas that were critical to Ireland’s development.”
Last year, 10 counties in Kenya participated in the exhibition, with activities mostly involved in science experiments and coachings on math and science.
What is Young Scientist Kenya?
Young Scientist Kenya has been existent for 50 years and it currently focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It was being sponsored by corporations.
YSK was said to be one of the initiatives that deepened the cooperation of Kenya and Ireland.
Photo: Young Scientist Kenya
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