You might not think of Africa as a world leader in the field of science, and that’s because it currently isn’t. Africa has historically lagged behind other nations when it comes to scientific education, development and research. But the trend is slowly starting to change, and Africa is moving up, working towards scientific independence and the ability to solve its own problems and contribute to the world through science. This is more than just a dream; this is something that is happening right now. You can check out this African Union Presentation to learn more about this goal of scientific independence for Africa, and why it is so important for the future of the continent and possibly even the world.
Independence in the field of science doesn’t just happen on its own for a nation. It takes the dedication of leaders in a variety of fields to make this a reality. There is currently a great deal of support from leaders and the United Nations to help make Africa scientifically independent. The Planet Earth Institute sent the scientific delegation to Luanda to speak more about this issue. The first area which must be built up in order to achieve scientific independence is higher education. With more highly educated individuals, the field of science will blossom and grow. Next, technological innovation as well as policy and advocacy can help Africa gain its independence in the scientific arena.
While Africa is still working on its growth in science and technology, there have already been some great innovations made. Mobile e-learning is taking off in Africa, allowing students to learn from anywhere without the need for a classroom. Mobile learning is also helping to drive higher education and fuel the scientific developments and research that are necessary to build Africa’s scientific field. Check out this World Bank Forum talk to learn more about the campaign for scientific independence in Africa and why exactly it is so important. This is a movement which is only going to grow from here forward, and has the potential to change the world for the better.
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