We shared the following content to our Facebook Community on the week of May 20th 2019. Follow us on Facebook to get our daily post on your newsfeed.
Why we shared this article: China’s Belt and Road initiative (BRI) has certainly spurred infrastructure development in many African countries. But the “real” cost of these projects is still being debated in Africa and worldwide. While many African countries like the “no string attached” nature of the BRI loans, many critics point at the unfavourable terms of the loans. But with China now a global leader in terms of scientific output, African researchers have to explore new avenues and areas of collaboration with their Chinese counterparts.
Why we shared this article: STEM subjects in their rigor prepare students not just for careers in their fields but also for non-STEM careers. STEM students are taught to be analytical which bodes well with data-driven careers where one has to sift through a lot of information prior to making a decision.
Why we shared this article: STEM jobs of the future will place more emphasis on skills than just education because of the complexity on our daily lives introduced by artificial intelligence, big data and connectivity through internet of things (IoT) just to name a few. For example, a person with a diploma but with a specific skill in cybersecurity might become more valuable in this new world than a person with a PhD in information technology. This shift is clear in our continent, with technology becoming a major driver of our economies, more than even science or engineering.
Why we shared this article: With a lot on the line, many people across social media predicted that Boeing would easily try to shift blame of the Ethiopian Flight 302 crash on the pilots. We are glad to see pushback from Ethiopian Airlines. As many pilots and aviation experts attest, there is a lot of respect for the airline’s training program across the world.
Why we shared this article: Scientific research is an expensive affair. Scientific output in the West, China and Japan is high because of massive government and corporate investment in basic and applied research. Africa will lag behind as our economies try to catch up, but the great news is that innovation in some technology fields is relatively cheap as compared to scientific innovation in a laboratory. We predict that innovation in technology (e.g. software and app development) will continue to drive our economies and fund scientific advancement until our economies are large enough to fund scientific research. For now, scientists in Africa will have to continue depending on external funding.
Why we shared this article: As African countries think about introducing nuclear power to their energy generation mix, it might be prudent to wait and see where advancement in energy generation drives us in the next ten years.
Why we shared this article: The success story of vaccination programmes started in many African countries after independence is often overlooked and more sensational news such as Ebola outbreak are more likely to make news. We are in the middle of the largest US measles Outbreak in 25 years and that barely makes it to the news cycle!
Why we shared this article: Climate change and specifically global warming will have severe consequences for Africa in the coming years. Although African countries are not the biggest offenders in the production of greenhouse gases, they stand the most to lose with climate change.