Rwanda will join the World to celebrate the annual World Science Day (WSD) under the theme: “Science for Peace and Development: Celebrating Science as a Human Right for Sustainable Togetherness and Well-being of People”. Ed. PR.

Dr Eugene Mutimura, Minister of Education

In order to promote a responsible use of science and underline its essential contribution to peaceful society from 2010 to 2020, World Science Day has been dedicated for Peace and Development as a decadal theme, aiming at linking science with society.

In 2018, the adopted theme for WSD for Peace and Development is “Science, a Human Right” and this is in line with celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (art. 27), and of the Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers.

The World Science Day aims at strengthening the commitment to attain the goals of the Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge and the recommendations of the Science Agenda: Framework for Action while as its celebration aims to improve access to science and to the benefits of Science, Technology and Engineering Mathematics for sustainable development and conduct awareness on the role of Science, Technology and Innovation in Education Sector and the community at large.

The Ministry of Education, in partnership with the National Commission for UNESCO (CNRU), the National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST), Rwanda Education Board (REB) and the University of Rwanda-College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (CAVM), Busogo Campus are organizing celebrations of the 2018 WSD. At national level celebrations will be held at UR-CAVM in Musanze District on Friday 9th November 2018.

The event will be characterized by Public Talks/Presentations and Exhibition on the importance of Science as a Human right with its benefits of scientific progress and its applications towards the wellbeing of the society. This year, the event will also include the Awarding secondary school student Winners of 2018 Science Competitions and Science Fair at National level.

As initiated in 2001 by UNESCO, WSD for Peace and Development is celebrated annually every November 10th as recommended at the World Conference on Science that took place in Budapest in 1999. In Rwanda, this year it was decided the WSD be celebrated on November 9th, 2018.  Rwanda started celebrating the WSD since 2009 to date, organized by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the above mentioned agencies.