1 out 5 high school students are enrolled in STEM related fields
Only 8% of college ready population was enrolled in a college level of education in 2008
Less than 17% college students are enrolled in STEM related fields
The African continent faces many challenges in terms of public health, energy, environment, agriculture and a skilled workforce. The recent Ebola outbreak shed light on the lack of resources in West Africa, especially with respect to STEM related professionals and proper infrastructure. To alleviate this need, the Senegalese government has launched a program to boost the economy by building important infrastructures such as an airport, railroads, university and a tram network by the year 2035. This project is called the Emerging Senegal Plan.
The problem with this plan is that Senegal lacks a workforce to accomplish these goals, forcing contracts for development to be outsourced to other countries with the proper resources. Senegal will gain no expertise following this path of outsourcing. How can an economy be sustainable if its population is not qualified to maintain existing infrastructure and build new infrastructure to support growth? The people are there, the skills have yet to be fostered and acquired.
Our annual conference will feature keynote speakers from around the world. The conference will be designed to bring instructors, students, and STEM professionals together to discuss local issues related to the application of science, engineering and technology in Senegal. It will provide opportunities for networking and partnerships between STEM professionals in Senegal and around the world. We will eventually create internships geared towards facilitating further hands-on education and providing opportunities for Senegalese students to engage in STEM education abroad.
UNIVERSITY/ SCHOOL PARTNERS
Our university and school partnerships are the cornerstones of our network. They are our audience and to a large extent our backbone. Our overall goal is to increase university enrollment in STEM fields. For that, we need partnerships between primary, secondary and postsecondary institutions. Further to improve scientific literacy in the country it is important to learn from STEM educational institutes and STEM organizations around the world, who will also be our key partners in this endeavor. Our symposium will bring our partners together for an annual exchange of knowledge.
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Speakers for the conference will be STEM professionals and academicians who are addressing issues in water, public health, environment, energy, and agriculture. Similar issues are found across the world but the approaches and solutions to dealing with them vary widely depending on key cultural, demographic and social aspects, along with economic, environmental and technical resources available. We will invite researchers and STEM professionals interested in sustainable development and education for our annual meetings in Senegal.
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Our conferences will need sponsors to finance the organization of this event. If you are interested in being a sponsor for our event, please contact us.