Kenyan medical students learn through community outreach model

Simeon Mining, Moi University This is a time of unprecedented change in medical education globally. Medical schools, postgraduate bodies and other organisations are responding to rapid advances in medicine and changes in health care delivery. New education approaches are being adopted to exchange information. This enables the institutions to produce relevant health professionals. Kenyan medical …

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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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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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