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​SDGs Could Boost Citizen Science in Africa

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a chance for Africa to give citizens a say in shaping local science activity and the innovations that follow from it, a United Kingdom conference has heard.

The explosion of science initiatives now taking place across the continent in the wake of the SDGs means local people need a say in what research is being done, according to a panel at the EuroScience Open Forum.

SA Fails ‘Dismally’ in Maths, Science

Even though South Africa came second last out of 140 on the World Economic Forum (WEF) rankings in mathematics and science, local education authorities rubbished the rankings saying they were flawed.

However, education experts say the rankings are a close reflection of where education is in South Africa.

Educationalist, Graeme Bloch, says South Africa needs to up its game not only in mathematics and science but in all subjects.

Bloch adds: “The rankings are pretty close, learners need to be pushed and work hard in maths, science and humanities.”

SA Poor in Maths and Science, WEF Report

South Africa is almost dead last among 140 countries in terms of its maths and science education, according to this year's World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness report.
 
Last year's report also put the country last out of 148 countries and the report for 2015/16 painted a dismal picture, with South Africa placed at 138 out of 140 countries.
 
The only two countries ranked lower were Egypt and Paraguay and in terms of Internet access in schools, South Africa was 119 out of 140.
 

KwaZulu-Nata Research Institute for TB and HIV: Immunology Laboratory Technician

The KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB-HIV (K-RITH) is a ground-breaking collaboration between the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Our mission is to conduct outstanding basic science research on tuberculosis (TB) and HIV, translate the scientific findings into new tools to control TB and HIV, and expand the educational opportunities in the region. K-RITH is an independent research institute that will work in collaboration with UKZN and other academic and clinical institutions in South Africa and around the world.

KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB-HIV: Clinical Data Manager

The KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB-HIV (K-RITH) is a ground-breaking collaboration between the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Our mission is to conduct outstanding basic science research on tuberculosis (TB) and HIV, translate the scientific findings into new tools to control TB and HIV, and expand the educational opportunities in the region. K-RITH is an independent research institute that will work in collaboration with UKZN and other academic and clinical institutions in South Africa and around the world.

Thope Foundation: Club House Coordinator

Thope Foundation is a registered nonprofit organisation established in 2013 that offers educational support to young girls in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) tutoring, lifeskills and leadership development. Thope Foundation’s vision is to drive change in transforming the lives of young girls through education.

Thope Foundation seeks to appoint a Club House Coordinator, based in Site B Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

Maths Centre for Professional Teachers: Field Trainers

The Maths Centre for Professional Teachers, popularly known as the Maths Centre, is a nonprofit organisation of excellence in mathematics, science, technology and entrepreneurship education.

Maths Centre for Professional Teachers seeks to appoint a Field Trainers, based in Western Cape in following education districts: Cape Winelands; Eden and Central Karoo, and West Coast.

This is a one-year, fixed-term contract position.

Poor Performance in Maths, Science, Physics

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says only 20 percent of pupils writing matric mathematics and physical science examinations achieve a pass mark of more than 50 percent.
 
SAIRR The Institute says the proportion of pupils achieving a pass mark in mathematics of between 70 and 100 percent has fallen to 5.9 percent in 2011 from 8.3 percent in 2008 when the National Senior Certificate was introduced.
 

Policy Action Network: Internship

The Policy Action Network (PAN) is hosted by the Research Use and Impact Assessment Unit (RIA) at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and is supported by the Department of Science and Technology. PAN supports the policy community by sourcing information on social policy with the aim of contributing to rigour in policy making and greater participation in policy processes.

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