Online project stirring students’ interest in science

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] An online initiative that connects secondary school students and scientists in Kenya is helping improve the standards of science education. The initiative known as “I am a Scientist, Get me out of here” is part of the Kenya Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust Research Programme’s community engagement work. “[The initiative] is a …

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Online learning is Africa’s higher education future

Professor Deirdre Carabine, Virtual University of Uganda Education has two faces in today’s world, according to a recent World Bank report. On the one hand there’s the traditional face, where learning takes place in the state-sponsored classroom. On the other are the private initiatives in which other partners take responsibility for education at all levels. …

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Gender equality in STEM can promote Africa growth

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] Mainstreaming gender equality in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) could be significant for socioeconomic development in Africa, according to experts. The experts who attended the 2nd International day for Women and Girls in Science meeting in Kenya last month (11 February) noted that discriminatory practices against women limits the ability …

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Mobile phones: new way for African students to learn programming

Chao Charity Mbogo, Kenya Methodist University It’s not easy for Computer Science students at most universities in Africa to practice and develop their programming skills. They have the ability to program, but access to desktop or laptop computers might be a problem. I experienced this first-hand while teaching programming at a Kenyan university. Most African …

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Kenya’s early learning centers may do more harm than good

John Teria Ng’asike, Mount Kenya University Like the rest of the developing world, more and more women in Kenya are joining the formal workforce. As a result there’s been a growing need for centres that can care for young children. This has seen early childhood development and education centres in Kenya mushroom, spurred by a …

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