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Share ‘n Dare Programme

Why does it exist?

This project is inspired by literature highlighting the decreasing interest among learners worldwide in studying science and technology disciplines. Share ‘n Dare is based on the concept of Community Informatics – where ICT is used to build communities. Research is conducted on the Share ‘n Dare programme on an ongoing basis. It is based on audience surveys when the NSTF Awards winners present. The research also evaluates the convergence of ICTs for community informatics. An annual report is compiled with the results.

How the name came about

The NSTF calls the programme ‘Share ’n Dare’ as the award winners share their knowledge and experiences, and dare young people to follow in their footsteps. It focuses on creating awareness of the importance of SET among students and high school learners to encourage scientists and engineers of the future. Award winners are invited to participate in a range of knowledge-sharing activities, bringing them in direct contact with thousands of students and learners. There are also further knowledge transfer opportunities, such as ICT, the internet and radio,that have the potential to reach millions.

What happens at a Share ‘n Dare face-to-face session?

Award winners typically share their personal life story of what sparked their interest, how they planned their journey to study and their career. These stories are excellent real-life examples of how one’s life and career can progress to eventually becoming a successful scientist, engineer etc.

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