Press Release
8 November 2016 - 4:42pm

The BVI’s young scientists are once again competing for top prizes at this Friday’s observance of UNESCO’s World Science Day for Peace and Development.

Secretary General of the BVI National Commission for UNESCO, Dr. Allison Flax-Archer said the science competition, now in its fifth year, has garnered the interest of more than 50 students from the Territory’s public and private secondary schools.

The theme of this year’s observation is, ‘Celebrating Science and Inventions of the 18th and 19th Centuries’. To that end, Dr. Flax-Archer said that competitors have created projects to showcase the theme, adding, “I think it is really important for us to know where we started in order to know where we are going. It is important for us to look back at what [technologies existed] in the past, and to note how far we have evolved.”

In emphasising the need to attend Friday’s exhibition and ceremony, Dr. Flax-Archer said the awards ceremony is being held at 1:00 p.m. so that parents and other well-wishers can show their support.

She also said, “Our young people are intelligent, fantastic and talented and we need to celebrate them more…We should celebrate the younger populace of our community.”

The public is invited to view the students’ models at the Breezeway, Central Administration Complex on Friday, November 11 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The third annual ‘Parade of Professions in Science’ begins at 12:45 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony.

The ‘Parade of Professions in Science’ will feature a multitude of careers related to science, and students representing a number of the Territory’s schools are expected to participate. The parade will be lead by the Advent Heart Beatz Drum Core and begins at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park and ends at the Central Administration Complex.

World Science Day for Peace and Development was established by UNESCO in 2001, and is annually celebrated worldwide on November 10. According to www.unesco.org, the observation offers an opportunity to demonstrate to the wider public why science is relevant to their daily lives and to engage them in debate on related issues.

The Ministry of Education and Culture is committed to ‘Creating a Culture of Excellence’. 

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NOTES TO EDITOR(S): Photograph and e-vite are attached.

  1. Scenes from World Science Day for Peace and Development on Friday, November 20, 2015. (Photo credit: GIS/ Ronnielle Frazer)
  1. Scenes from World Science Day for Peace and Development on Friday, November 20, 2015. (Photo credit: GIS/ Ronnielle Frazer)
  1. Scenes from World Science Day for Peace and Development on Friday, November 20, 2015. (Photo credit: GIS/ Ronnielle Frazer)
  1. Scenes from World Science Day for Peace and Development on Friday, November 20, 2015. (Photo credit: GIS/ Ronnielle Frazer)

E-vite: World Science Day for Peace and Development (Design Credit: GIS/ Alvin Bertie)

Author

April Glasgow

Information Officer II
Ministry of Education and Culture
Phone: 468-3107 Ext 3353
Email: ATGlasgow@gov.vg

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