This is according to Senator Harcourt Husbands, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation.
He was speaking at the launch of the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge on Saturday.
“As we go about the task of promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the school curricula and in the society generally, there is a tendency just to limit what we intend to do to the issue of producing more Mathematicians or producing more engineers. As important and as good as that is, I think we are going much deeper than that. The entire aim is the application of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the development of Barbados; how does this exposure help us to solve some of the challenges that we confront in our development,” the Senator said.
Husbands further acknowledged that STEM research opens the door for many employment opportunities. ““This is where the jobs are. This is where the jobs will be and not just any jobs but jobs of quality. So as we develop this project and expose more and more young people to STEM work then I think our future is assured.”
Edward Clarke, Chief Operating Officer of Sagicor Life Inc., described the Visionaries Challenge as a “crucial educational programme.” Clarke shared that through collaborations with the Caribbean Science Foundation, as well as the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), there are aspirations to “solidify progress for the region through the accomplishments of tomorrow’s citizens.” Clarke further shared that as technology changes at a rapid pace, Caribbean citizens must not be left behind. He stressed, “As technology continues to change, not even daily, but by the minute, we must arm ourselves with the knowledge to keep up.”