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Helping Africa meet the demand for quality higher education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, is one of the goals of a three-day meeting underway in Nairobi, Kenya.
The first Africa Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Youth Employment, Human Capital Development and Inclusive Growth, has been organized by several bodies including the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
UNESCO says the forum, which opened on Sunday, provides an opportunity to share best practices as well as create policies that promote innovation, entrepreneurship and employment of youth and women.
Lidia Brito is UNESCO's Director of Science Policy and Capacity Building:
"Africa is one of the more young continents in the sense that they have the largest population. It is really young people. And the possibilities that we can have by training and educating this young population to really be in the driver's seat for change—and by using science and technology and innovation to drive that change."
Some 200 participants attending the forum, including science and education ministers, representatives from related industries in the information and communications technology sector, health and finance, as well as students and youth organizations.