UNESCO in partnership with the African Union Commission for Human Resources, Science and Technology (AU-HRST), the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA AfriCenter) and in close coordination with the Science for Democracy and the Associazione Luca Coscioni, will join efforts in putting in place a Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs) on Communicating Science in Africa. The objective is to contribute to the achievement of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2063, and in particular the AU’s Chairperson 1 Million By 2021 Initiative, aimed at empowering African youth from across the continent, as a key drivers of sustainable development in Africa.
Speaking at the 6th meeting of the World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research which took place in at the AU from 25 to 26 February 2020, Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor, Commissioner for the AU-HRST reiterated the AU’s commitment to providing access to science for all Africans, through technology and innovative ways. Supporting the proposal by UNESCO to have a MOOC on Science Communication within the framework of the AU’s flagship project, the Pan African Virtual and E-University (PAVEU), Prof Anyang Agbor highlighted the accredited online courses to African students that PAVEU is offering for free, with a view to accelerating development of human capital, science and technology and innovation in Africa.
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