In May next year, Africa will launch its first-ever private satellite into space, to monitor the continent's shifting weather conditions.Unlike most private satellites out there, this one has mostly been built by 14 South African teenage girls, as part of a high school science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) boot camp.
When it comes to scientific research and innovation, Africa is a global laggard. The continent contributes a paltry 1% of the world’s research output, a far cry from its position as the world’s second most populated continent.
Much of this problem is compounded by low-quality educational curricula, not to mention global funding that is skewed towards health and agricultural development and less so on science, technology, mathematics, and engineering projects. (STEM).
UNESCO invites Members States in consultation with their National Commissions, and non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO and active in a field covered by the Prize to propose candidates for the UNESCO–Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences.
Deadline for the submission: 31 December 2016 at midnight.
There have been wide-ranging reactions from the scientific community after a South African university student called for “Western” science to be eradicated.
The young woman argued that science “is a product of western modernity” and suggested that decolonisation would begin with the introduction of “knowledge that is produced by us, that speaks to us and that is able to accommodate knowledge from our perspective”.
Mitigating the impacts of drought and famine is one of the primary aims of many governments and humanitarian organizations in the African region, as it has been highlighted during the first Africa drought conference held in Windhoek in August 2016.Mitigation, however, cannot be effective if the causes and characteristics of drought events and processes are not well understood through a holistic approach addressing also the monitoring and early warning and the vulnerability aspects.Read more: CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: Organisation of Workshop on the transfer of and training on...
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