Knowledge Of Sciences Critical To Development

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Studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are critical to the future development of Barbados.

That assertion was made recently by Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Senator Harcourt Husbands, while speaking at the closing and prize giving ceremony of the National Council for Science and Technology???s (NCST) Summer Camp ???Camp Destiny???.

According to him, Government, with the assistance of the European Union and Inter-American Development Bank has just published a human resource strategy which emphasised that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) were crucial to the development of Barbados.

Adding that the strategy was currently being rolled out in Ministries, Senator Husbands noted that in order for this country and economy to grow, Barbadians must have a better and greater appreciation of the importance of science and economics.

???Life for young people will now be much more difficult without mathematics???available jobs, not only the number but the quality and better paying jobs, whether in Barbados, the Caribbean or the world, will emphasise science and technology. Without a strong science base it will be difficult to find a well-paying, long lasting job,??? he explained.

???Camp Destiny??? was held at the St. Stephen???s Primary School and catered to 80 students between the ages of six and 11. Topics covered during camp sessions included robotics, biology and engineering.

kim.ramsay-moore@barbados.gov.bb

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