Uganda’s Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Dr Elioda Tumwesigye has been elected to chair the Specialized Technical Committee on Education, Science and Technology (STC-EST) of the African Union for the next two years.
This was at the 3rd Session of the STC-EST held at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last week.
The meeting was attended by African Union (AU) member states (represented by Ministers and Technical Experts in Education, Science and Technology), Development Partners, and Partner Institutions.
The Chairperson of the Specialized Technical Committee Meeting on Education, Science and Technology (STC- EST) is elected by the 55 member countries form the five regions (Northern Africa, Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, Western Africa and Central Africa).
The 12 Countries in the East African region include Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Comoro, Madagascar, South Sudan, Somalia, and Uganda. Uganda will hold the Chair of the STC- EST till December 2021.
As the chair of the STC–EST, Uganda will be charged with among others, monitoring the implementation of the African Continental Strategy for Education, the Continental Strategy for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, and other African Union strategies and programmes and plans of action in education and training.
It will also establish performance indicators and receive reports on the performance of national, regional and continental agencies and institutions in education, training, science, technology and innovation;
The AU Agenda 2063 recognizes Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) as multi-functional tools and as enablers for achieving continental development goals.
The Agenda, further, emphasizes that Africa’s sustained growth, competitiveness and economic transformation requires sustained investment in new technologies and continuous innovation in areas such as agriculture, clean energy, education and health.