Science and technology are, now more than ever, an integral part of our daily lives. I see more and more the importance of it, in the way it has revolutionized the exchange of information and how science has helped to reshape and redefine the world in which we live.

When I was younger and beginning to explore the fascinating world around me, I would read voraciously about the weather, stars, and electronics and try to identify trees. As a person inspired by the wonders of science, my interest was sharpened when I learned about the great discoveries and inventions of American scientists, such as the telephone, the computer, the transistor, the telephone, and artificial hearts. My pride was even greater when the United States put the first man on the Moon, when I read about the works of the great scientists of American universities such as Albert Einstein, and when I met many students from all over the world who study in the most prestigious United States universities of science.

Science and technology play an even bigger role today than when you were younger. Despite the increasing advancement of science, there seems to be a “disconnect” between science and the younger generation. While young people around the world are heavily involved in new technologies, many young people in Paraguay still believe that science is out of their reach, that scientific careers offer little in the way of self-improvement. I do not agree with this. I believe that Paraguay, with its access to valuable natural resources, can offer great opportunities for young people interested in science and technology, particularly to improve the quality of life of all its citizens.

But Paraguayan youth need to be inspired, educated, and productively employed so that scientific discoveries and inventions are more than just dreams. In Paraguay, private and public schools must seriously consider their curriculum to improve science education. Greater government investment in science education will also be necessary.

Efforts such as the Benjamin Franklin Science Corner, a space that will be open to all, will greatly expand access to scientific studies, a necessary initiative to be replicated. To keep new Paraguayan scientists in the country and encourage them not to seek opportunities elsewhere, the private sector has to do its part and contribute to providing a rewarding career path for these young Paraguayan scientists. With a stronger foundation in science and technology,

What President Obama said about the United States also applies to Paraguay: “Science is more essential to our prosperity, our security, our health, our environment, and our quality of life today than any time in recent memory.” For these reasons, the United States has chosen Paraguay as one of the 10 nations on the planet where we have set up a Science Corner in alliance with the Scientific Society of Paraguay and La Piedad Foundation.

We need places like the Benjamin Franklin Science Corner to inspire everyone to work and cooperate in science and technology so that we can find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing global challenges, such as food safety, public health, climate change. , and renewable energy. The Benjamin Franklin Science Corner is designed to serve as a platform for the promotion of science education,

Yesterday, at the Scientific Society of Paraguay, the inauguration of the first Benjamin Franklin Science Corner in the country took place; justly named in honor of Benjamin Franklin who is considered the first American scientist and diplomat. Franklin was a true renaissance man and is known for his work with the lightning rod and bifocal lenses. We are very honored to be able to share this space in a building dedicated to Dr. Andrés Barbero, one of the most prominent pioneering scientists and doctors in Paraguay.

Through this Science Corner, we hope to encourage the next generation of scientists and allow the next Benjamin Franklin and Andrés Barbero of Paraguay to succeed and contribute to the growing knowledge of the scientific community. for cancer or dengue, or discover a new star, or a new species of plant or animal? The world needs more Paraguayan youth to be able to join the global advance of scientific progress and technological development.

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