Najib Encourages Youth to Take Up STEM Education
Our country is heading towards vision 2020. Our prime minister said Malaysia hoped to achieve the ratio of 60:40 for children interested in STEM as compared to non-STEM education and careers.Malaysia aims for 60% of its children and young people to take up Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and career for a better future of the country, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said in New York.
The ratio was 25:75 in 2000 and increased to the present 42:58 following the government’s commitment in supporting STEM education, he said in his speech when launching the Global STEM Alliance at the United Nations headquarters.
“There is a need for us to ensure a new generation of children and young people passionate about STEM education so that they want to choose STEM as a career,” he said. He said investment in STEM was about investing in the future.
To justify his point on the matter, Najib said the government had several initiatives such as the Science to Action (S2A) programme, building up a nobelist mindset and cradle-to-career programmes in the move to accelerate the interest of the young in STEM.
The S2A focuses on the intensification of science and technology build-up through education where technological know-how, engineering capabilities, industrial power and knowledge are generated and proliferated.
The government wanted Malaysians to strive to be a Nobel laureate as it could be the source of inspiration for people to take up STEM fields as a career.
“Even if Malaysia may not produce a Nobel laureate, the whole process involved in striving for the goal will lead to the emergence of a much stronger interest in STEM for a career.
In the event, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor was awarded the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Hero Award at the launch of the Global STEM Alliance at the United Nations headquarters, here, Monday (Tuesday in Malaysia). The international award was given to the Malaysian prime minister’s wife in recognition of her contribution to early childhood education and development in Malaysia.