Zimbabwe will have a range of activities during the month of March as we celebrate the World Engineering Day, engineering is not just for one day, it is for life. On the 4thof March 2020 the world celebrates the World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development (SDG) as designated by the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO). World Engineering Day was previously known as ‘Engineer’s Day’, which is celebrated by several countries throughout the world.On the 20 November 2019, the WFEO President, Dr Marlene Kanga announced this during the World Engineers Convention.
WFEO is the biggest engineering federation in the world, bringing together 90 nations and represents around 20 million engineers worldwide. The federation was founded on March 4th1968, making the new date for World Engineering Day an obvious choice.The WFEO has also defined the main topics of the day whose aim is to recognize and celebrate. The goals of World Engineering Day have been outlined as:
- To demonstrate the role of engineers and engineering
- To develop solutions to climate change.
- To raise the profile of engineering and technology, and its role in improving the quality of life worldwide, and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
- To encourage dialogue between engineers and decision makers, industry leaders, scientists, non-governmental organizations and the public at large on issues relating to climate change and sustainable development.
- To enable policies and solutions to address the world’s most pressing problems using engineering and improve dialogue between citizens, engineers and policy-makers.
- To encourage, more young people, especially girls, to consider engineering as a career.
“Engineers are often not very good at articulating the value of what we do for society. That is a problem, because engineering is critical to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals” said Dr Kanga, during her opening address at the World Engineers Convention.
“As we all face the impacts of climate change, environmental crises, our growing cities like artificial intelligence, we are going to need more engineers.”
It was particularly developing countries that were pushing forward hard for the 4th of March 2020 to be recognized worldwide.