Why we must re-educate African science

FEATUREScience in Africa Why we must re-educate African scienceBY KAZHILA CHINSEMBUARTICLE EXTRASRelated Articles: The Long Journey HomeIs African Science - Long Plagued by a Lack of Equipment and Resources - Poised for a Comeback? Moving African science forwardAn continent-wide framework is necessary, argues an advisor to the New Partnership for Africa's DevelopmentWhen will Africa produce a Nobel

Kazhila Chinsembu
Jun 1, 2006
FEATURE
Science in Africa

Why we must re-educate African science

When will Africa produce a Nobel Prize in science? Perhaps the closest the continent has come is Philip Emeagwali, who many have dubbed the "father" of the Internet. But the African content on the Internet was a paltry 0.4% of global content a few years ago, and if South Africa's contribution was excluded, the figure was a mere 0.02%. Africans are members of the global village, but by 2001, out of the approximately 816 million people in Africa, only 5 million used the Internet. This disparity could be explained by the simple reason that while...

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