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ICTs boosting growth in Africa but teachers reluctant to change

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Written by Erick Akasa

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is the key to improving education and thus boosting growth across Africa – but there is still widespread reluctance among teachers, trainers and managers to abandon traditional methods in favour of new solutions.

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Young South African scientists called to enter international Green Talents Competition 2015

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Written by Frank Khumalo

South Africa’s most ambitious young scientists with an interest in sustainability research are being invited to take part in the international 2015 Green Talents Competition which offers the opportunity for its winners to promote their research in Germany and be granted unique access to the elite of the country’s sustainability research field.

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Texting Most Common Activity, but Mobile Money Popular in Several African Countries

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Written by Erick Akasa

Cell phone ownership has grown exponentially in sub-Saharan Africa in the last decade, according to a new survey report from the Pew Research Center. At the same time, Africans have skipped the landline stage of development and jumped right to the digital age.

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Africa Needs a Sharp Increase in Spending on Higher Education, say Experts

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Written by Mamadou A.

Research indicates that 25% of the world’s workforce will live in Africa by 2050. Yet the percentage of national budgets allotted to higher education in Africa stands at 7% compared to 76% in the rest of the world, making funding of the sector a priority issue in the next 10 years, say experts speaking at the African higher education conference in Dakar, Senegal.

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AU Leaders approve new Funding Platform for Africa’s science

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Written by Abuje Cheki

At a recent Summit of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, African leaders endorsed the establishment of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) - a platform created by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the NEPAD Agency with financial support of key development partners.

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