By Mike Savage, African Forum for Children's Literacy in Science and Technology, Prem Naidoo
Economists, scientists, and educators around the world agree that technology and know-how schooling is a prerequisite for modernisation and monetary improvement. but, even though it is an essential component of curricula all through sub-Saharan Africa, a more-than-rudimentary snatch of technology and expertise lies past the succeed in of such a lot African technology and know-how schooling, a compendium of papers by way of major African and overseas educators, asks with compelling urgency, "With the millennium virtually upon us, can technological know-how and expertise schooling meet the demanding situations of the arrival century?" this article offers a template for relevance, entry, redress, fairness and caliber in technology and expertise schooling. It does so by way of integrating farsighted analyses and modern idea with modern realities and grassroots event.
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By contrast, in Europe, centuries ago land enclosure acts separated peasants from their economic roots to become compliant sources of cheap labour. The Berlin conference of 1884 formalized the end of the European struggle for spheres of influence in Africa with the artificial creation of the current nation states. Exploitation of Africa's labour and mineral and agricultural resources characterized the relatively short era of imperialism that followed. What little development occurred was to facilitate the exploitation of these resources and to develop tastes for manufactured goods and thus expansion of the market.
However, one does expect them to contribute to the stock of skilled personnel with the skills and respect for rigour needed to contribute to the economy wherever they find themselves. We define 'high science' as research that pushes back the frontiers of knowledge. 4 Low science' — which has more direct relevance to development in African countries — we define as using existing knowledge to solve pressing issues in fields such 30 © Juta & Co, Ltd Chapter 2 The role of science and technology in development as health, family planning, agriculture and the production of goods.
Listen to her 'wonderful idea': His [Yoloye's] approach ... generated in me the desire to study the antlion beyond any study undertaken by others in my class, and finally perhaps to lead me to some contribution in the study of nature in my immediate environment... I had been successful at keeping an antlion alive for three whole weeks, an achievement which was not recorded in any book I have so far read. (Ayankogbe, 1978) Mrs Ayankogbe had reared several antlions from larva to adulthood and had hoped the adults would mate and produce eggs so that she could document the entire life cycle.