2015-05-25

Experts debate urgency of investing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in Africa

In the last decade, Africa has experienced unprecedented economic growth and some of the continent’s industries – retailing, manufacturing, banking, telecommunications, construction and private investment – are booming.

But as Africa undergoes unprecedented transformation and growth, challenges such as the impacts of climate change on economic sectors like agriculture, the spread of disease and the inequitable division of wealth remain.

To meet these challenges and to ensure Africa’s continued growth, experts have unanimously agreed that the continent needs well-trained engineers, scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs, which makes investments in and access to quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education an urgent imperative.

Emma Onyango

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