How Chemistry Kits are Helping Teachers Ignite the Spark of Science

When it comes to physical sciences, South Africa’s pupils lag far behind their peers in other countries. The World Economic Forum ranked South Africa at 128 of 137 countries in math and science education in its most recent competitiveness report. This puts it behind most of its neighbours in the Southern African Development Community. Physical… Read More How Chemistry Kits are Helping Teachers Ignite the Spark of Science

How Science Students in Africa can Build Lab Equipments they Need to Learn

How does one train science students without equipment? As a sociologist of science specialising in African countries, this is a question I get asked with sad regularity. How, African science, technology, engineering and maths educators ask me, can the next generation of globally competitive scientists be trained using teaching laboratories that lack even the most basic… Read More How Science Students in Africa can Build Lab Equipments they Need to Learn

Student-led Entrepreneurship Clubs as a Better Entrepreneurship Development Tool in Nigerian Universities

Most universities in Nigeria have entrepreneurship centres or departments. These were established by the government to create entrepreneurs out of university graduates and boost job creation. The policy is meant to encourage and stimulate entrepreneurial behaviours among students in various universities. These centres organise and coordinate classes on entrepreneurship studies and skill acquisition, after which… Read More Student-led Entrepreneurship Clubs as a Better Entrepreneurship Development Tool in Nigerian Universities

How Lack of Know-How, Reliance on Monsanto gave GMO a Bad Image in Africa

All over the world, there is controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) especially with regard to their use in producing food. The key areas of the controversy are whether GM food should be labelled, the role of government regulators, the effect of GM crops on health and the environment, the effect on pesticide resistance, the… Read More How Lack of Know-How, Reliance on Monsanto gave GMO a Bad Image in Africa

Tsetse Fly: How African Science contained it and European invasion Escalated it

A Tsetse fly is a tropical insect that occurs only in Africa and transmits sleeping sickness (African trypanosomiasis) in humans and a similar disease called Nagana in domestic animals. The infection can lead to death in humans and has killed millions of cattle, reshaping the landscape and economy in some parts of Africa. While many… Read More Tsetse Fly: How African Science contained it and European invasion Escalated it

Malawi’s Stanford Muyila Wins Young Scientist Award in Japan for his Agricultural Innovation

Stanford Muyila, a 32-year-old Malawian has been awarded the Young Scientist Award in Japan during the Japan-China-Korea Grassland Conference for successfully creating a low-cost method for increasing the nutritional value of agricultural waste meant to be used as animal feed. Usually, the process of producing animal feed from agricultural wastes requires the residues to undergo… Read More Malawi’s Stanford Muyila Wins Young Scientist Award in Japan for his Agricultural Innovation