Sustained development requires knowledgeable citizens who understand science to help make informed choices and decisions.
Science and technology need to be relevant and applicable to local circumstances. To ensure this, interactions between ordinary people and scientists are needed to enable continuous evaluation and adaptation. The teaching of modern science cannot be restricted to standard textbooks, but requires critical thinking and participation. Science is a practical matter where interest and natural curiosity should be stimulated, encouraged and supported.
Improving levels of science literacy helps ensure that science addresses the real needs of communities. Hands-on experimentation and innovation in local public spaces can contribute to the sharing of innovative experiences and developing skills in the application of scientific understanding.