Capacities in Science and Innovation, Education and for a Scientific Culture development

Basic and engineering sciences are key elements in creating sustainable knowledge societies. Knowledge that contributes to sustainable development isn´t obtained through the acquisition and passive accumulation of innovations and external researches, but requires a solid local scientific and technological base.

The existence of issues specific to the region requires to develop solutions at a local level; likewise, without the appropriate impulse from Research and Development (R+D), there can be no possible high-level education. Including for imported technologies, suitable research capacities are needed so they can be adopted and adapted to local conditions.

Research and development capacities are hence the basis of sustainable science societies. A sustainable science society must have scientifically literate citizens.

Besides the scientific information that everyone can incorporate through conventional and non-conventional science education, it is fundamental for the citizens to gain the capacity to differentiate scientific and non-scientific inputs for decision-making on issues related to economy, policies, nutrition, environment, health, consumption and many other spheres of life.

This ability to critically use the knowledge is reinforced through “education for science”, a complementary approach to science education.

UNESCO Montevideo contributes to the diffusion and promotion of scientific culture as an essential tool to turn citizens/the citizens, in particular young people, into lead actors in this process, through cooperative activities within/among programmes of scientific and hydrological policies, and the education sector, among others.

Within this framework, UNESCO Montevideo has carried forward a programme promoting basic sciences, which includes a partnership with the firm Explore Scientific for the donation of telescopes and the support given to the Olympiads of astronomy and mathematics.

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