As part of the Science and Technology Enrolment Programme (STEP) organised by the Planet Earth Institute foundation, students from schools in Mauritius were given the opportunity to learn about marine science while on board an ocean exploration vessel.
Students were give a tour of the ship and shown how it operates. The crew gave interactive science lessons while simultaneously demonstrating the ships capabilities to the students. The craft belongs to the People’s Republic of China and cooperation between the PEI and the Chinese embassy in Mauritius made the day possible.
After exploring the ocean vessel and learning from the ships crew, students were given the chance to ask questions in a Q&A session hosted by Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Mauritian President and PEI Vice-Chair.
The programme is designed to encourage African students to choose STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects when they have the chance in school and during higher education. Alvaro Sobrinho, Chairman of PEI, believes that competency in these areas will afford students the chance to find employment in an increasingly science and technology based economy.
Through his work at the PEI and through other activities, Sobrinho has been promoting science education for young people in Africa. He is also a keen investor in new innovations that have the potential to contribute and speed up African development.
– Learn more about the work of Alvaro Sobrinho and his views on how Africa’s youth have the potential to drive the continent into a new era of economic growth and prosperity based on science, technology and innovation by reading articles by Alvaro Sobrinho himself. –
In July STEP plans to host a Science Study Week, where 100 students will spend one week learning and being inspired by the possibilities of science. The week will involve interactive learning with a focus on STEM subjects, with the goal of attracting more students to enrol in these subjects.