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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Africa needs more women computer scientists

Chao Charity Mbogo, Kenya Methodist University In Africa, a continent grappling with many social ills, it’s critical that universities produce more Computer Science graduates. It’s also one that equips students with crucial skills. Computer Science graduates are problem solvers and logical thinkers who can apply their technical expertise in a range of ways – including …

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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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7 ways to improve Africa’s STEM education

By Sarah Hambly Africa needs to boost STEM education to empower future leaders, writes Sarah Hambly There are over a billion people in Africa, yet there are only 2,000 colleges and universities. [1] In Sub-Saharan Africa 70 per cent of the population is under the age of 30, but only seven per cent of Africans …

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STEM Education for Women and Girls: Hope In the Face of Reality

Guest Editorial by Onyema Benigna Ajuogu Onyema Benigna Ajuogu is founder and president of the Benignant De Eagle Foundation, based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and author of “When Eagles Soar.” (New York City, 7 October 2015) — World leaders are here at the United Nations to approve a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) …

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