The aim of the workshop is to bring women at the forefront of, and to harness, science, technology and innovation for sustainable development.
This is in line with the declaration made by African governments to develop long-term strategies for accelerated socio-economic transformation.
The group consisted of UNESCO commissioners from across the continent. Some of the projects that NUST is currently working on were exhibited during the visit.
These included a prototype of the Namibian Solar Electricity Utility Vehicle (NSEUV), commonly referred to a Solar Taxi. This vehicle is set to revolutionise the Namibian public transport as it uses energy from the sun. Other projects were exhibited in the Health and Applied Sciences, and Engineering laboratories.
The delegates interacted with the technicians and expressed satisfaction with the University’s efforts to foster a new generation of creative innovators. Dr Tjama Tjivikua, the NUST Vice-Chancellor, said: “NUST works towards the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on a daily basis. However, one has to admit that, like most Namibian institutions, we lag behind with implementation of SDGs, for example on ‘Achievement of gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls.’
Tjivikua went on to say: “Nonetheless, I believe you will agree with NUST that, we are building the future of this country when we are jointly assessing and improving sustainability of our processes, resources/facilities and output to support the nation’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programmes. I have no doubt that the foundation that we lay today will yield huge dividends for our country and the African continent at large.”