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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Generate interest in mathematics to develop Africa

By Ochieng’ Ogodo [HEIDELBERG, GERMANY] Africa needs to improve ways of teaching mathematics, especially to create more interest in the subject and use it as a tool for addressing developmental challenges facing the continent, say experts. The experts made this known during the he 4th Heidelberg Laureate Forum at Heidelberg, Germany last month (19-23 September). …

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African universities urged to focus on mathematics

By Onche Odeh [DAKAR] African universities must widen their teaching of mathematics and its use in research to support efforts to tackle the continent’s biggest problems, according to experts at a conference this week. Maths is an essential tool in modern science and supports development through areas such as economic planning, government statistics and the …

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Math and science are keys to unlock Africa’s potential

Neil Turok, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Angelina Lutambi was born into a peasant family in Tanzania’s Dodoma region, where HIV/AIDS has decimated much of the population. Her future could easily have been bleak – but Angelina had a keen aptitude for maths. She financed her own schooling by selling cold drinks with her siblings …

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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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