Mali espouses ambitious S&T programme

29 October 2001 Over the past two years, Mali has executed a number of major activities to implement the Budapest agenda. Others are in the pipeline.

In science policy, a law has been adopted since Budapest concerning the status of researchers and steps are to be taken to increase the financial, human and material resources available for research and higher education.

Within the ‘science for development’ chapter, Mali has elaborated research programmes around the national priorities of food self-sufficiency, health, energy and protection of the environment.

The Government is producing traditional medicines with value added by the Institut national de recherche en santé publique (National Institute for Public Health Research), a programme it plans to develop in coming years.

In education and research, the Government plans to rehabilitate and equip the country’s specialized laboratories and to network the various structures in higher education via the Internet. Certain structures within the University of Mali and the National Institutions of Research have already been linked up. Private establishments in higher education have opened and the government has equipped a chemistry laboratory within the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Mali.

The creation of a National Academy of Sciences is envisaged.

Mali plans to set up ethics committees in research institutions where these do not yet exist.

Environmental education has been inserted in the curriculum of a number of primary schools and there are plans to generalize environmental education throughout the primary level and to extend it to secondary and tertiary curricula.

A seismographic station has been installed in Kowa (Mopti) to reinforce national capacites in disaster mitigation.

The Government is administering two programmes to foster access to scientific information: TOKTEN (Transfert des connaissances à travers les nationaux expatriés), which draws on the diaspora as a means of knowledge transfer, and TALMA (Talent du Mali), another mechanism drawing on national talent.

In the area of science communication and popularization, Mali has created regional committees of users of the results of agronomic research.

In science publishing, the Government plans to launch a university press and to publish regularly the national journal on science and technology entitled Revue malienne de science et technologie, in both paper and electronic versions.

Following Budapest, the Decadal Programme for the Development of Education (Programme décennal pour le développement de l’éducation) set itself a number of targets for underprivileged groups. These include increasing the enrolment rate and length of schooling for girls, the multiplication of education centres for out-of-school children and the creation of functional literacy centres for illiterate adults.

For further information, contact the National Commission of Mali for UNESCO: unesco@spider.toolnet.org, fax: 23 37 67.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further information, contact National Commission of Mali for UNESCO, fax : 23 37 67