Establishing Science and Technology Centers

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Establishing Science and Technology Centers

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Establishing Science and Technology Centers


Now a days it has become conventional wisdom that if countries wish to break the poverty cycle and achieve (post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals), they will have to set up ambitious national minimum target investments for Science and Technology education. Cognizant of this fact the government has been giving due emphasis that range from expansion of TVETs to establishing Institute of Technologies and Science and Technology Universities. 70 percents of new entrants to higher institutions are also made to join Science and Technology fields.

With the aim of strengthening Science and Technology Education, Tigrai Development Association is establishing Virtual Computer centers in 100 secondary schools and constructing Science and Technology Centers at 37 secondary schools.

  • Virtual Computer Centers:- To increase IT agility, flexibility, and scalability while creating significant cost savings the computer (ICT) centers that are being established at secondary schools are virtual ones that use  Thin Client  virtualization technology device.  The server-side infrastructure makes use of cloud computing software such as application virtualization, hosted shared desktop (HSD) or desktop virtualization (VDI). This combination forms what is known today as a cloud based system where desktop resources are centralized into one or more data centers.   
  • Science and Technology Centers:- The current Growth and Transformation Plan seeks transformation of the agricultural led economy into industry led economic development. This demands middle and high level human resources equipped with science and technology that can play vital role in sustainable economic development in the increasingly knowledge-based global economy.

This project that has been piloted in five secondary schools comprises establishing three fundamental elements, namely, science laboratories, ICT centers and library in one block via:

  • Construction of G+1 building for science laboratories, ICT center and library.
  • Equipping the science and technology centers with necessary amenities such as furniture, equipment, computers, chemicals and books (both hard copies and e-library).
  • Installing virtual computer system, a software computer that runs an operating system and applications.

Providing in-service training to science and information technology teachers and laboratory technicians on effective utilization of available facilities and motivating students’ interest in science and technology.


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