Many stories of human rights violations in Africa may not sound like they have anything to do with science or maths. But they are actually inextricably linked with an ongoing drive to find the next Albert Einstein.
There is no doubt that scientists and mathematicians have an enormous amount to contribute to Africa’s future. They can develop vaccines and cures for disease, find ways to purify drinking water, create mathematical and statistical models, and engineer infrastructure.
That is only one side of the coin, says the author.
African mathematicians and scientists must play an equally active role in establishing and protecting a democratic continent where basic human rights are respected in principle and practice.
So how can scientists be equipped with the tools to become activists for democracy?
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