Africa’s challenges require science, technology and innovation: Abe

29 Aug 2019 10:30am
By Isabel Bento
YOKOHAMA, 29 AUG (NAMPA) – One of the goals of the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) is to ensure the incorporation of understandable science, technology and innovation in African schools to resolve challenges.
This is according to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who during the official opening of the TICAD7 Conference here on Wednesday explained that in so doing, the Asian country will collaborate with Africa by introducing science and mathematics subjects understandable to students from primary level.
He said the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology and Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology are two of education institutions that will foster 5 000 young people who will advance science, technology and innovation into the future.
“Additionally, the Japanese way which values pupils’ involvement in activities such as cleaning classrooms and serving lunch, has just started to spread in Egypt in its elementary schools,” he added.
Abe further said that a project aimed at improving school management through community participation called the “school for all” project, was also launched by the Japan International Cooperation Agency in Niger and has now spread to more than 40 000 schools, including in Burkina Faso and Senegal.
“Our target for the near term is to have the number of children benefitting from reforms to primary education reach three million. This kind of human resource building is where Japan has invested the greatest amount of effort in Africa over the years,” the prime minister said.
He went on to say that the African Business Education Initiative for Youth, which nurtures industry leaders, has also grown as many as 2 700 young people over the past five years.
The programme offers opportunities for young, eligible African men and women to study at Japanese universities as international students and to experience internships at Japanese enterprises in order to develop effective skills and knowledge in various fields for contributing the development of industries in Africa.
The initiative hopes to train 3 000 more people, who the Japanese companies can count on when they approach African market.