Feza little scientists show promise for the future

25Sep 2016
Abela Msikula
Guardian On Sunday
Feza little scientists show promise for the future

The Minister for Home Affairs Mwigulu Nchemba said yesterday that Tanzania has still a long journey to go to fill the scientists gap in the country compared to developed countries.

Mwigulu Nchemba

He visited a science exhibition at Feza Primary School in Dare s Salaam where he said that the only solution is heavy investment in the education sector as well as introducing science subjects from primary level in public schools.

“That is why it is called primary education, meaning the specific level to build the best foundation for children for their future. The fact is that the human brain is too sharp at childhood.

Thus, introducing science subject at primary level will not only serve in eliminating the shortage of scientists in the country but also developing children’s talents,” he said.

He therefore proposed changing the current education system where children learn science subject at secondary level and mostly in learning formulas due to lack of proper infrastructures.

The minister said such exhibitions assist in confidence building among children after observing them presenting what the show illustrates, with their supervisors standing aside.

A parent, Isaya Mbwana chipped in, noting that availability of well equipped science laboratory from primary level will serve among others, in promoting equality between public and private schools, along with producing competent scientists and turning children’s dreams into reality.

“The public is aware that it is mostly privately owned schools which set a foundation for children to become scientists from the primary level. Too few children benefit from this opportunity given that most families are too poor to afford expenses in private schools,” he said.

“However, I personally believe that this fifth phase government will make this possible in public schools if the current speed in overhauling our education system is maintained.”

A grade five pupil, Nankondo Mnyone whose ambition is to become a doctor advised the visitors to stop consuming tobacco- related products, alcohol as well as illicit drugs, as this is abusive for the lungs.

With help of laboratory equipment, she explained all about the respiratory system, showing the way people abuse their lungs through the pipe breathing in and out from the nose to lungs when consuming restrictive edible products.

“We also have been taught that the mentioned products affect the human brain,” the budding scientist intoned.

Her colleague Kareen Kigodi whose ambition is to become a cardiologist advised the visitors to avoid consuming fatty and sugary foods. She especially insisted parents controlling the frequent use of fried potatoes or ’chips’ by their children due to the fact that the food is too oily.

“Excess consumption of those foods leads to heart complications. A person should at-least eat chips once a week and never support the food with soda but juice,” she said.

Feza Primary School Headmaster, Kadri Dalcicek commented that all about the exhibition was capacity building to pupils as well as promoting their talents.

“Many have already shown their interests in science fields at these early ages. We therefore try our level best uplifting them for the betterment of their future and the nation at large,” he added.