In prelude to the celebration of the 49th National Youth Day on February 11, 2015, the Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation on February 6, 2015, in Yaounde organised an interactive discussion for college and university students on “Promoting a culture of science and innovation among youth.” The guest speaker, Rose Leke, a Professor of Immunology and Parasitology, drilled the full hall in the Institute of Education on the legacy of late French scientist, Louis Pasteur, and other topics.
She pointed out that Pasteur was just a simple scientist who made strides because he was determined and persistent in seeking answers to problems plaguing society like why beer was getting sour in France. This, he did, in spite of several setbacks, Leke pointed out. Science, the winner of the Nkwame Nkrumah African Union Prize for Female Scientist noted, is simply about trying to understand why and how things work in society. Drawing from her life, career and current research interest in malaria in pregnant women, Prof. Leke explained that developing a culture of science and innovation demands passion, asking questions, being rationale and inquisitive.
She said the secret of her success was hard work, persistence, good planning, the continuous strive for excellence and taking everything to God in prayers. The renowned scientist enjoined students to talk to their teachers, lecturers and friends, saying it was by so doing that they could become more innovative. Also speaking at the event, the Secretary General in the Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation, Dr Rebecca Madeleine Obeacutelleacute Etomegrave, informed the students that the ministry has put on offer a prize of FCFA 10 million to promote the work of young researchers.
Apart from organising scientific research days in all regions, the ministry intends in the near future to visit colleges to promote the nurturing of a culture of science and innovation among students. Prof. Rose Leke has promised to join the team.
Source : Cameroon Tribune