Over the past 10 years the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) in Kenya have been engaging local schools with the aim of raising students’ awareness of leading African science; and stimulating students’ interest in pursuing careers in science. From our 10 years’ experience, we find that African scientists hold a tremendous potential as role models to inspire local students and to shatter pre-existing scientist stereotypes. Life stories of researchers who have reached prominence from humble backgrounds are likely to inspire local school students.
To support these aims we plan to produce an inspirational 10-chapter e-book (with a limited number of hard copies for Kenya) describing 10 current African scientists making a significant impact on population health or health science, targeted towards secondary school children and young people. For this purpose, and funded through the Wellcome Trust, the KWTRP engagement team are partnering with Dr. Tabitha Mwangi, (Anglia Ruskin University, UK), to interview and compile the stories of 10 African scientists making a significant impact on population health or health science on the continent. The book will be copyright free and available for anyone to download (or publish). Further, we wish to produce a shortened e-book targeting younger primary school students which will also be non-profit and freely available from the above website.
Thank you for your support in the nomination process. The exercise has now been closed.