With the MINT Initiative Liechtenstein foundations aim to get students more interested in technological and scientific subjects, the government is supporting an initiative launched by the Liechtenstein Chamber of Commerce and Industry LCCI.
The government has adopted a corresponding report and motion for the attention of the Landtag (state parliament), announced a statement. The aim of the newly founded MINT Initiative Liechtenstein childrens foundation is to bring to life educational content in the subjects of mathematics, informatics, natural sciences and technology (MINT). One way it intends to do this is with an experiments laboratory.
During lessons children will be able to visit the upcoming laboratory, which will also be available for other courses. The project is being financed by both public and private sources, with the government putting up CHF 175,000. Also supporting the initiative are the Hilti Foundation, the Liechtenstein Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and the Wirtschaftskammer Liechtenstein.
Education minister Aurelia Frick, who was quoted in the statement, said: We are convinced that the MINT subjects are a key part of future-oriented education. And we think that, with the right tools, we can awaken a fascination in many children for technological and scientific phenomena. She added that it used to be easier to explore technology, adding that today the field was much more complex and, thanks to digitalisation, abstract. She highlighted that it was important to connect theory with practice.