By Azania Post Reporter
Former Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has told African Union leaders attending the 30th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa to start putting in practice priorities for girls in areas of science and technology.
Kikwete, who is a member of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity told the leaders in Ethiopia that time for empty words on prioritising girls in science and technology studies is over.
He said statistics on science subjects in Africa indicate that girls are behind in comparison with men.
“It is the responsibility of states and governments to finance educational programmes such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to focus on females in line with the recommendations of the Union Commission,” Kikwete said.
He stressed: "It's time for AU member states to take effective action that would give this issue a solid legal and institutional basis in helping girls in this regard."
More than twenty world leaders, including five former presidents and prime ministers and three Nobel Prize recipients form the ICFGEO, which aims to reverse lack of financing for education around the world.