The recently concluded 3rd Annual International Society of Comparative Education, Science and Technology (ISCEST) International Conference, has identified variety of challenges and problems that frustrate the processes of quality education attainment and national development.
The conference which was held at the Hotel- Presidential, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, seeks to bring these issues to the attention of the relevant government and non-government bodies by setting up meetings and seminars.
The agenda of the 3rd Annual International ISCEST Conference with the theme; “Science and Technology, Education and National Development” focuses on the nature of the said challenges and problems and how best to ameliorate them.
ISCEST also intends to use its educational activities to empower today’s youths, who are tomorrow’s leaders,to make meaningful contributions that will promote national development with respect to educational and ecological sustainability.
The international President of the body Professor Steve Azaiki, in his presentation at the conference said that, ISCEST’s concerns are not unfounded.
According to him issues raised are based on rigorous research activities in areas of education, science and technology.
He said the analyses and subsequent recommendations from these investigations are made in the spirit of the Federal Ministry of Education’s (FME) mission statement and the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s (FRN) 20/20 Vision
Professor Azaiki had insisted that ISCEST will be more committed to encouraging researchers to report on findings of specific investigations that will not only identify specific problems, but will also suggests ways in which these problems can be tackled, and ultimately, solved for the benefit and advancement of the Nigerian people.
He however assured that ISCEST will to continue to play an important role in helping researchers to raise awareness of the many preoccupations that adversely affect Nigerian communities, and therefore reasserts its commitment to disseminating concerns to the authorities, while seeking to have synergy and collaboration between ISCEST and policy makers, government and non-government personnel, community groups and organisations and concerned citizens.
Keynote addresses at the conference were given by Professor Victor Nobuo Kobayashi, Professor Emeritus of Educational Foundations at the University of Hawaii and President of World Comparative and International Education Society 2006, Professor Charl Wolhuter,
President of Southern African Comparative and History of Education Society (SACHES) and Professor Bernard Efiuvwevwere,a Professor of Microbiology and Former Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt.
Among other notable presenters were Professor Lale, Vice Chancellor University of Port Harcourt and Professor Edmund Allison-Oguru, who represented Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
This conference followed the 1st and 2nd Conferences which were convened on 7th—12th December-2014 and 10th—14th December-2015 at the Institute of Science & Technology Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.. I.S.T is a new interdisciplinary research-led institute dedicated to applied research and education in science and technology.