The World Science Day for Peace and Development 10th November
"High level science knowledge"is empowering and engaging enough to encourage everybody, everywhere, to take part at no cost to themselves. Fighting brain drain and extending the training to high quality teacher training is thought to be achievable in every nation. ; WSD image; Credit: © UNESCO
Sustainable development needs a jump-start. To achieve some progress, UNESCO and others have found basic sciences trigger some innovative business. Centres of excellence must be made available to sustain high quality training through such objectives as increased teacher training facilities. Local challenges are expected. Simply applying science to everyday cooking or agriculture may not be difficult, but its relevance to each society and the environment of cities, distant villages and differing regions must remain adaptive to each.
One major block would be the empowerment of women (and young females) in areas where male dominance has been the norm. After several recent newsworthy incidents, the need for education of 50% of the population has become even more obvious. Perhaps the current preference for male children in a few parts of the world could be wiped out if both sexes could be educated equally. We don't believe for example that female doctors can be seen as in any way inferior, or worth less in lifetime income, compared to males! Women's progress in mathematics, crystallography and biochemistry have been quoted in this UNESCO document.
For further examples, a Women Mathematicians Network in Africa is starting to grow, while Asian women are still looking at the shock of a young schoolgirl in Pakistan being shot on her way to school - for simply --- going to school! The Women in Science Programme may seem equally out-of-date as that incident, after 16 years of the annual L'Oreal-UNESCO Awards. Perhaps more relevant in developing countries, the 1200 fellowships to women in 103 nations will certainly have helped many people who may not have pursued their career in difficult circumstances. For some developed countries, of course, there are other hindrances to science education. Way back in 2011, the US still had some fundamentalist objections to evolution in some states to as a
new idea. Irrational bias will always be at odds with logic, but hopefully this is one nation that got over its problem ---.
We hope you all have an excellent Science Day for Peace and Development, whatever your interests. Others will certainly benefit if we are all thoroughly aware of the problems facing sustainability in developing countries. The help will always be available if local power is enabled through educated people and their own sensible approach to their local environment.