Gender gap widens in STEM education

By Joel Adriano [BANGKOK] Despite major strides in women’s empowerment and equality over the last half century, there exists a stark gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, says a report. According to the report by the UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) report, only 17 women have won a Nobel …

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Boosting STEM education for African girls and women

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] Mentoring girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is, no doubt, viewed as one of the most central pillars for equitable and secure sustainable future of Africa. But experts, governments and several institutions have been grappling with how best this can be executed to achieve the desired goals …

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Global study pins down engineering and development links

By Anita Makri Engineering capacity is strongly linked to economic development, according to a study that brings together data from 99 countries to reveal the first global engineering rankings. But the sector has poor visibility in development planning and education, and needs a clearer focus on fighting poverty, according to leading figures. Facts about engineering …

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Heart monitoring device wins top African prize

By Samuel Hinneh A portable heart diagnostic invention has won its developer — Cameroonian Arthur Zang — Africa prize for engineering innovation. Zang was selected last month (26 May) in Tanzania among 12 entrepreneurs who have developed engineering innovations in fields such as agriculture, health and renewable energy to tackle development challenges on the continent, …

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Africa changes the conversation around STEM

By Barbara Axt The economic and social circumstances of many African countries are quite different from rich countries in the West, which can make it difficult to find the right approach for development. In a continent where 90 per cent of the food produced comes from 33 million small farms, and schools have classes with …

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