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Popularisation of Science and Technology Education

Some Case Studies from Africa

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Science and technology, and science and technology education, play a pivotal role in the development of a country’s economy, environment, social relations and other sectors. Human resource development in science and technology is vital in building a critical mass of skilled individuals ready to play a part in the New Africa Partnership (NEPAD) – a rejuvenation and vigorous socio-economic development of the continent. Many African countries have committed considerable resources to its exploitation but more needs to be done to promote, develop and sustain a relevant science and technology culture, which includes problem solving and indigenous aspects, in order to narrow the gap between the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa and the industrialised countries. Through country case studies centred around Sub-Saharan Africa; this book provides critical insights into why science and technology should be popularised; what and whose science and technology systems should be introduced and promoted; and how science and technology should be implemented and practised.

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Improving Girls' Participation and Performance in Science, Mathematics and Technology-based Education

This chapter discusses some efforts specifically aimed at improving girls' participation in science education in the sub-Saharan countries of Africa. While mathematics is an independent subject and cannot be subsumed into science, in most sub-Saharan African countries it is a major tool of science and is usually a requirement for the pursuance of science-based subjects at post-primary levels. Mathematics is generally considered to be difficult, as are science and technology.

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