Amanda Obidike

Amanda Obidike

Executive Director, STEMi Makers Africa

Amanda Obidike has nine years of experience in the nonprofit and social impact investment sector. As the Executive Director of STEMi Makers Africa, she has led, provided leadership, strategy management, and supervised the design and implementation of community projects and STEM Education across 19 Sub-Saharan countries. In this role, she prepares the next generation of Africans to be self-reliant and problem-solvers for Africa's economy. Amanda studied Business Management at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She also received a certification from Open University, U.K in STEM Education, and a Mini-MBA from the International Business Management Institute, Germany. Previously, Amanda championed the highest groundbreaking record of successful fellows in history towards the completion of the YALI online program. In 2019, through the Consulate in Nigeria, she was honored by the United States Government for fostering a STEM workforce by equipping 1700 educators with project-based learning technologies to integrate practical learning and ensuring that students were capable of solving ill-defined problems, create real-world connections while deepening their content knowledge and preparing them for future-focused STEM opportunities. Amanda volunteers as a mentor and advisor on business leadership, STEM careers, and entrepreneurship for several groups, including Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, 500 Women Scientists, New York Academy of Sciences, and 1million Women in Tech. Through these experiences, she designed a keystone solution that collected gender-disaggregated data and informed digital policies to correct existing cultural, social, gender biases, and stereotypes in STEM pathways across Northern Nigeria. Owing to her interest in STEM education, gender equality, and youth empowerment, Amanda is currently the Founding Curator of the World Economic Forum, Ozubulu hub where she develops operation and partnership strategies for community projects in Anambra State, Nigeria

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

Would love the opportunity to contribute technical resources, educational support, and peer mentorship that young leaders and teachers in the HundrED Community can benefit from. I hope that the HundrED core values will be highlighted through our commitment, contributions and determination.

How can education support students to flourish?

We can build a strong community that is student-centered, Give Positive Feedback, Apply emotional intelligence when engaging with students, Set Realistic Expectations, and Celebrate With them, Let Your Own Excitement Come, Be dynamic in Your Teaching Methods, Facilitate and do not Dominate, Make Topics Practical using project-based tools, Show Students Their Own Successes, and Get Out of the Book.

What role does innovation play in education change?

With the emergence of new technologies, comes the opportunity to provide education to underserved communities. Technology and other innovations enable educational design and delivery to be adapted to the needs and environment of students enrolled in (ODL) and traditional educational programs. Thus, technology can also help programs shift to a ‘learner-centered’ approach to education.

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

1. Equal Opportunities (Moscow, Russia), because they enhance the development of project management and project-based learning. 2. HEI Schools (Finland), because they created a global community of teachers and families developing innovative education and for early childhood education. 3. Make Ghanaian Girls Great! (Accra, Ghana) because they offer marginalized gilrs in communities with life skills

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

Designed the first teacher-centered platform for a refined STEM workforce, with little to no internet needed to access local project-based learning tools, STEM tools, and evaluated for an effective learning path to boost the achievement of 14,400 + students in STEM subjects and standardize STEM education. Design a tech hub and library for children in the Alahun Osumba community.