The Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and technology at the African Union, Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga said mathematics should be demystified through progressive trainings that present it as a universal language; a language that can be learnt from the earliest age and by everybody – not just by a few talented people.
"This is necessary if we are to increase the numbers of children and youth excelling in science and maths. It will provide a rich pipeline for researchers and career scientists in order to harness Africa's demographic dividend for achieving a prosperous Africa," said Ikounga.
He further explained that to ensure that science solves Africa's challenges, it was imperative that the quality of education and training be improved through a paradigm shift that involves student centered approaches.