Youth Conference on “Factoring Youth Voices into Critical Issues: Agenda on Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Food Security and Nutrition in Africa”
The African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS) Network, through its Africa Youth Forum for Science and Technology (AYFST) and Africa Women Forum for Science and Technology (AWFST) programs, has partnered with the University of Nairobi, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS) and the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST), Kenya to bring together the youth in Kenya and beyond at a conference on the 9 and10 March 2012 at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, University of Nairobi, Kenya.
The conference is themed “Factoring Youth Voices into Critical Issues: Agenda on Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Food Security and Nutrition in Africa”. The conference will establish a platform for the youth to interact, build capacity, explore economic, social and technical complexities through science, technology and innovations in tackling the challenges, and to gain better understanding of the need for multi-disciplinary perspectives for solving developmental problems in Africa through innovative research.
The conference aims to fortify the achievements from an initial consultative meeting held at the CAVS) University of Nairobi, Kenya on 7 December, 2011 which was organized by Kabete Campus University Student Organization (KCUSO) in partnership with the ATPS through its AYFST program and the College Administration on sensitizing the youth on their role in providing solutions to critical issues facing Africa.
The objectives of the forum will be: To develop and improve skills, standards and competencies among young men and women in Africa; To identify and prioritize strategies to improve research by the youth in battling climate change, environmental degradation and food & nutrition insecurity; To create an enabling and supportive environment for networking amongst the youth as a platform for them to interact with role models in the field of science, technology and innovation; Bring to fore the enormous leadership potential within young professionals in research and possibilities in our multi-disciplinary context; Motivate the youth into visionary and innovative action that makes a difference in the development of Africa.
Posted on Thursday 8th March, 2012
Communique from The 3rd Steering Committee Meeting of the African Women Forum for Science and Technology (AWFST) and the 6th meeting of the African Youth Forum for Science and Technology (AYFST)