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.



Indigenous Technology as a Basis for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education at the Junior Secondary School Level: A Sierra Leonean Case Study

Sierra Leone, a small developing country with a population of about 4.2 million people, lies on the West African Coast between 7 and 10 degrees north of the equator. From north to south the greatest distance is around 190 miles (320 km) and from east to west about 175 miles (290 km). Yet there is geographical diversity, with a variety of ecosystems - coastal beaches and mangrove swamps, savanna woodlands and tropical forest.


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