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ERIC Number: EJ1139363
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1931-7913
Broadening Participation in the Sciences within and from Africa: Purpose, Challenges, and Prospects
Okeke, Iruka N.; Babalola, Chinedum P.; Byarugaba, Denis K.; Djimde, Abdoulaye; Osoniyi, Omolaja R.
CBE - Life Sciences Education, v16 n2 Essay 2 Jun 2017
Many of Africa's challenges have scientific solutions, but there are fewer individuals engaged in scientific activity per capita on this continent than on any other. Only a handful of African scientists use their skills to capacity or are leaders in their disciplines. Underrepresentation of Africans in scientific practice, discourse, and decision making reduces the richness of intellectual contributions toward hard problems worldwide. This essay outlines challenges faced by teacher-scholars from sub-Saharan Africa as we build scientific expertise. Access to tertiary-level science is difficult and uneven across Africa, and the quality of training available varies from top-range to inadequate. Access to science higher education needs to increase, particularly for female students, first-generation literates, and rural populations. We make suggestions for collaborative initiatives involving stakeholders outside Africa and/or outside academia that could extend educational opportunities available to African students and increase the chance that Africa-based expertise is globally available.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS), Fogarty International Center
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A