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Empowering Educators to raise students' achievements in STEM

STEMi Makers of Africa

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If current trends continue, by 2050 some one-third of Africa’s one billion young people will lack basic proficiency in math, reading, and other subjects. Our project trains Educators to adopt new skills and knowledge that will strengthen competencies, particularly in STEM, digital literacy and future-focused skills, for students to effectively transition from education to employment.
Amanda Obidike, Strategy Lead
Our future economic growth depends on an aligned education & future-focused system that supports developmental efforts in generating talents needed to become self-reliant & problem-solvers using STEM

Amanda Obidike, Strategy Lead

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Anyone can submit their innovation to HundrED Open. All information on this page is provided by the innovator and has not been checked by HundrED. Innovation page has been created by Amanda Obidike on February 19th, 2021
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Innovation Overview

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Target Group
12 000
Children/Users
1
Country
2018
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
26
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Updated on April 18th, 2021
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Why did you create this innovation?

7 in 11 Educators (nearly 65% in Africa) do not have access to practical teaching tools, project-based learning resources, and improved knowledge on STEM curriculum needed to be integrated in the 21st-century classrooms that ensures students are allowed to solve ill-defined problems, make real-world connections while deepening their content knowledge and preparing them for 21st-century careers.

How does your innovation work in practice?

Our unique innovation offers a first teacher-centered platform where Educators access STEM resource tools, virtual labs, host LIVE and interactive classrooms, and collaborate with minimal internet usage required. Before onboarding Educators on the platform, we offer a “Train-the-Trainer” integrated workshop to cultivate a STEM workforce by equipping Educators with project-based learning tools, STEM resources, an integrated practical teaching approach relevant in the modern classroom and for a unique student-directed pedagogy.

We also integrate primary visits, meet-up sessions, webinars for continuous professional development, offering Educators quality assessment tools, planning time, tools for experiential learning and improved knowledge on STEM disciplines and innovation, while reforming initiatives with the goal of better integrating engineering and technology into traditional math and science classrooms.

How has it been spreading?

In 2020, STEMi Makers Africa emerged finalist in the Falling Walls Engage, Berlin for redefining STEM Education and breaking the wall of Inheriting fragmented and disconnected education institutions in Africa.
We also won the Silver Stevie Award, USA (Organization of the Year, 2020)

At STEMi Makers Africa, we are planning ahead not to leave the younger generation feeling displaced and inheriting a disconnected world than we live in today because the future economic growth of Nigeria depends on an aligned and a future-focused system that supports developmental efforts in generating young talents needed to become self-reliant and problem-solvers using Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Innovation.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

You need a resilient team, because not everyone will buy your idea.
Some will look at the innovation as ridiculous, considering Africa still has a long way to go in building infrastructure.
Connect with public and tech private stakeholders who can give you access to schools, educators, and resource tools.
Start from local or nearby communities where you can monitor, evaluate and offer them support

Milestones

Achievements & Awards

February 2021
Innovation page created on HundrED.org
February 2021
Reached our first 15,000 beneficiairies in February 2021
February 2021
Partnered with the Enugu State Ministry of Science and Technology and Abia State Ministry of Educators to equip Educators in STEM
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