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Mauritius president says traditional science can save Africa

Award-winning biologist and current President of the island of Mauritius, Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, urged Africa to pursue scientific independence so as to produce an Africa-centric science that will address the continent’s environmental problems

Speaking to the BBC in London, President Gurib-Fakim encouraged African education institutions to promote intra-African science, similar to intra-African trade, so as to find ‘African solutions to African problems’.

She added that the science community needs to revisit African traditional knowledge systems for addressing solutions that the continent could use.

“We need to re-look at what we refer to as ‘traditional knowledge’…in the threats and challenges coming up like climate change, traditional knowledge as well as science will provide a third way for addressing solutions which African can depend on”

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She also urged governments to endorse traditional medicine and science, in similar ways to how the governments of China and India have established the systems in their countries.

Listen to the interview below:

Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is an award-winning biodiversity scientist, academic and the current President of Mauritius. She was elected president in June and became the first woman president in the country.

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Written by How Africa

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