Dar es Salaam. School students are encouraged to study science subjects in order to generate technology innovators, which will help to solve society’s problems.
The Institute of Physics (IOP) is currently partnering with the University of Dar es Salaam and the Dar Teknohama Business Incubator (DTBi) to encourage students at secondary school level in Tanzania to apply their scientific training to solve local challenges with business ideas.
Through the Future STEM Business Leaders programme, the partners are working with schools to help students develop these skills by taking them through the process from identifying a science-based solution to a problem in the local community to preparing a business idea for the market.
A statement issued by IOP says the programme provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about the relationship between science and business, and gain first-hand experience about how science-based businesses operate in Tanzania.
IOP says it has been working closely with students, teachers and business leaders from NanoFilter, Opulent Design Studio and Tanzania Young Leaders - Empowering Vijana to demonstrate how business connects with science, and how new ideas can come to fruition in Tanzania.
Today students will pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges, and the best developed ideas will be given an opportunity to do a six-week internship with a business mentor.
The Future STEM Business Leaders programme began in July 2017 with the aim of helping students discover opportunities beyond the scope of traditional pathways and develop a broad range of skills to enhance their career prospects.
Dr George Mulamula, chief executive of DTBi, says: “Based on our experience of entrepreneurship and building start-ups, we have found that students need a better foundation, integrating the applied and practical aspects of STEM”.