DEVELOPMENT OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN FOR AFRICAN YOUTH FORUM IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN MALAWI
28 January 2011
AYFST-Malawi wishes to invite you to a one day working session, where a road map for the establishment of the African Youth Forum on Science and Technology, Malawi Chapter will be developed.
The African Youth Forum on Science and Technology (AYFST) was initiated by the African Technology Policy studies Network (ATPS) in 2005 in collaboration with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation -CTA, the Netherlands. Since then the AYFST has provided a useful platform for African young professionals to build capacity in Science, Technology and Innovation policy research, policy dialogue and policy practice. The forum and its website ( http://ayfst.atpsnet.org) was formerly launched during the 2nd African Youth Congress on Science and Technology in Accra, Ghana co-organised by the ATPS, CTA, CSIR, among other partners. ATPS has national chapters in about 25 countries in Africa, and Malawi is one of them. ATPS has also established a chapter in the Diaspora. The target is that where ATPS is established, AYFST is also supposed to have a National Chapter. The recent AYFST meeting which took place in July 2009 in Mombasa, Kenya agreed to establish active AYFST national chapters in all countres in Africa. In order to increase AYFST membership within countries and across the African continent, members came up with strategies to sensitise and register as many young professionals, scientists and innovators with AYFST. For more datails about AYFST please refer to the following website. www.atpsnet.org/programmes/YGP/AYFST/about/index.php
It is with this background that there is need for young scientists, innovators and professionals in Malawi to meet as a working group and come up with a road map for establishment of the strong AYFST structure in Malawi.The main objective of the workshop is to develop a strategic plan for AYFST Malawi Chapter. The strategic plan will act as a road map and will help the youths in Malawi to be more focussed as they contribute effectively to Malawi’s sustainable development through science, technology and innovation.
The specific objectives of the workshop are:
- To sensitise interested young professionals, scientists and innovators in Malawi on the mission and objectives of AYFST.
- To develop the draft Constitution for AYFST Malawi Chapter.
- To prioritise the AYFST Malawi Chapter activities in line with the National Commission of Science and Technology and ATPS strategic frameworks.
- To elect a National Steering Committee of AYFST, Malawi Chapter.
The workshop will take place on 28th January, 2011 at Korea Garden Lodge in Lilongwe. The Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) in collaboration with ATPS Malawi Chapter will facilitate the workshop.