Untapped learning potential of technology in Africa

Narend Baijnath, University of South Africa There is widespread acknowledgement that Africa has a long road to travel before it can use the power of technology to improve the lives of people. Broadband coverage outside urban and peri-urban areas is still woefully inadequate despite initiatives such as undersea cables that are connecting African countries. But …

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Helping learners become fluent in the language of science classrooms

Samuel Ouma Oyoo, University of the Witwatersrand Science at school level is largely viewed as a practical subject – one that is taught using experiments, for instance. But effective teaching and learning requires language, whether it’s written in textbooks or shared orally during classroom discussions. Language is necessary even while doing practical work: teachers must …

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Africa has a long way to go to get more women into the sciences

John Butler-Adam, University of Pretoria It’s still a man’s world in African science. The marginalisation of women in science is not unique, though, to the continent. It is a pattern around the globe. It has been estimated that, on average, only 30% of science roles throughout the world are held by women. In the 114 …

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