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Empowering Africa’s Future Scientific Leaders

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David Carter
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As a proud African, it gives me great pleasure to see that our younger generations are harnessing science and technology for real social impact.

In June, Quartz Africa named Kenyan cellular immunologist, Evelyn Gitau, one of this year s top African innovators for her efforts to develop a rapid malaria test.

I ve also been most impressed with Andela, a start-up founded by Nigerian entrepreneur, Iyin Aboyeji, which selects the top 1% of tech talent from the continent, trains them to be world-class developers, and places them with a tech company just six months after they begin training.

Despite these success stories, I worry that many young Africans lack the opportunity to develop critically important skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM .

In Sub-Saharan Africa, secondary school enrolment rates are a mere 40%, which means that there is a very small pipeline of talented students who go onto tertiary education.

If our countries are to achieve much-needed socio-economic transformation, we must invest in our human resources by building scientific and technological capacity.

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