Engineering Week in Africa

When, local time: 
Monday, 1 September 2014 - 9:00am to Friday, 5 September 2014 - 4:00pm
Where: 
South Africa, Johannesburg
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Rovani Sigamoney, r.sigamoney@unesco.org

The inaugural Engineering Week in Africa will take place from 1 to 5 September 2014. During this week students in schools across Africa will participate in educational activities to get a clearer view on what engineering is; they will be introduced to interesting career paths in engineering and they will be involved in hands-on activities.
The aim is to increase the visibility of engineering and its role in sustainable development, to encourage students to study engineering by supplementing STEM curriculum with practical engineering applications, and to incite more African countries to participate ensuring the sustainability of these efforts. The activities during Africa Engineering Week will increase the visibility of engineering, which is particularly important in the continent where there is a great need for engineers to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Students in some schools in Africa will participate in educational activities, for example Kano kits containing a Raspberry Pi single-board computer will be distributed among the schools so students get familiar with the study field of computer science.

The Launch Ceremony will take place at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa and a week of exciting hands-on activities is planned.