Science is not about books and libraries, but a springboard to improve the lives of the people, Education minister Papias Musafiri has said.
He was speaking during celebrations to mark the World Science Day in Musanze District, Northern Province, on Tuesday.
Young scientists from higher learning institutions demonstrated how science can be used to make products, with graduates from Gashora Girls School exhibiting a project of soap that can be used as mosquito repellent.
“Science should not be limited in books and laboratories. Science is for bringing changes in the community. Practical solutions will help the entire public be informed of developments in science. Science is the knot of the vision the country wants,” Musafiri said.
He challenged scientists to engage beneficiaries (citizens) in crafting solutions to their challenges.
Dr Fabien Hagenimana, the principal of Ines Ruhengeri, host of the celebrations, said the country needs scientists who impact community transformation, labour market and development of the nation.
The 2016 World Science Day for Peace and Development was celebrated with the focus on “Science centres and Science museums.”
Musafiri said science plays a big role in conserving and preserving monuments kept in museums.
Robert Masozera, the director-general of the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda, said museums and historical sites are crucial in scientific surveys.
“Museums play a big role in science demonstration. We have different museums, three of which are linked with science. Museums are not for tourists alone but also a place of knowledge. When people visit museums they learn more from them,” Masozera said.
“We also have other historical sites that we need to improve. Science helps us conduct surveys on such sites. Museums help learners experience tangible facts of what they learnt theoretically.”