Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Africa is challenged by shortages of laboratory equipment in teaching institutions. In South Africa, according to an online Fintech article, 86% of SA’s 23 589 public schools do not have science labs.
While these alarming statistics may apply to the SA context, sadly this problem is also found in every developing nation and Botswana is no exception.
What do you get when you combine a team of Mechanical Engineering, Law and Information Technology students and challenge them to build basic but crucial lab equipment?
The #SANBioLabHack2018 took place in Pretoria, South Africa, this week with 17 undergraduate students coming together to turn their passion for innovation by addressing afro-centric solutions to common lab issues.
The second international Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) conference kicked off Heritage Month last week by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane under the theme, "Protecting indigenous knowledge towards socio-economic development".
Hosted in partnership with the DST and the North-West University, Kubayi-Ngubane said one of the purposes of the conference was to undo the damage that was caused by the apartheid government which left out indigenous communities while discussing their heritage.
In an effort to improve field and laboratory detection skills of vector-borne and transboundary livestock diseases for veterinarians, the School of Veterinary Medicine (SoVM) of the University of Zambia (UNZA) partnered with the Central Veterinary Research Institute (CVRI) to develop and conduct a short course in thematic area of animal health diagnostics.
Youth month activities kicked off in Zimbabwe last week at the inaugural LabHack in partnership with the National Biotech Authority (NBA), AU/NEPAD-Southern African Network of Biosciences (NEPAD-SANBio).