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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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Science and technology, and science and technology education, play an important role in the development of a country's economy, environment and social relations. African countries recognise this role and many have committed considerable resources to the development of their science and technology, and educational systems. In the early 1960s, immediately after independence, most African countries promoted capacity building in science and technology by sending scholars for training in universities in industrialised countries, while offering science and technology as subjects in their primary and secondary schools.

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