South Africa Pushes to Focus Her Science Reseach on National Problems

South Africa’s government is updating the country’s 1996 legislation document that governs the country’s science, technology and innovation activities and agencies with the aim to refocus research efforts on poverty, unemployment, drought and other national problems. According to Nature, The final draft shifts the focus of South Africa’s science sector towards business-led innovation that tackles… Read More South Africa Pushes to Focus Her Science Reseach on National Problems

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

How African Scientists Manage to Deliver Sound Science

Reseach environment in Africa is very different from those in developed or rich countries. African scientists face a lot of changes resulting from limited resources or security problems due to conflict. While scientists in rich countries have access to research funds and well-equipped and fully functioning laboratories, African scientists lack basic provisions including dependable electricity,… Read More How African Scientists Manage to Deliver Sound Science

Why there is Lack of Scientific Curiosity in Africa

Curiosity is a fundamental human trait but the object and degree of that curiosity is different depending on the person and the situation.  This according to Astrophysicist and author of Why? What Makes Us Curious, Mario Livio, is determined by both nature and nurture. Generally, curiosity is well-expressed in all children but tends to decrease… Read More Why there is Lack of Scientific Curiosity in Africa

Science Has the Power to Boost Agriculture in Africa

The agricultural sector is the world’s largest single employer. It provides jobs for more than 40% of the global population. It’s also the largest source of income and jobs for poor, rural households. It is, by and large, a successful sector. There have been huge improvements in yields and food production over the past five… Read More Science Has the Power to Boost Agriculture in Africa