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This Friday’s observance of UNESCO’s World Science Day for Peace and Development will showcase careers in science.
This is the second year that the ‘Parade of Professions in Science’ will feature a multitude of careers related to science, and hundreds of students representing a number of the Territory’s schools are expected to participate.
The parade will be lead by the Advent Heat Beatz Drum Core, and begins at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park at 12:45 p.m. A science competition will begin immediately following the parade. The competition is held under the theme, ‘Science for a Sustainable Future; Celebrating the UNESCO Science Report’. Competitors will display their works in the Breezeway of the Central Administration Complex.
Secretary General of the BVI National Commission for UNESCO, Dr. Allison Flax-Archer stated that the local observation started four years ago with no more than ten entries in the science competition. She added that it has evolved into a festival and competition drawing over 80 participants from schools throughout the Territory.
Dr. Archer said, “This day offers great opportunity to demonstrate to the public, the relevance and importance of science and how it impacts our lives. The BVI National Commission for UNESCO is pleased that students, teachers and parents are taking science in this Territory seriously and will look forward to many more years of demonstrating its importance at a high level.”
World Science Day for Peace and Development was established by UNESCO in 2001, and is annually celebrated worldwide on November 10. According to www.unesco.org, the observation offers an opportunity to demonstrate to the wider public why science is relevant to their daily lives and to engage them in debate on related issues.
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