NGO STEMi Makers Africa Partners With U.S Consulate To Train Nigerian Educators In STEM-Related Courses



Feb. 17, 2021, 3:55 p.m.

Non-Governmental Organization, STEMi Makers Africa has partnered with the U.S Consulate General, Lagos to train Nigerian Educators in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in its Integration and Development Training for Educators program.

The NGO sought to empower educators to adopt new skills and knowledge in STEM-related courses and digital literacy to equip students effectively for employability.

The training exposed educators to design thinking, programming, circuiting, embedded systems, prototyping, computing, STEM Pedagogy, skills of the future, and entrepreneurship.

The program also encouraged break-out sessions for educators to identify existing societal problems and come up with sustainable solutions like products, applications, and technology innovation.

A representative and the Strategy Lead of STEMi Makers Africa, Amanda Obidike, stated that the project is to empower educators to raise students’ achievements in STEM “so that they can excel and become more experienced for Africa’s workforce.”

“The future economic growth of Africa depends on an aligned education and future-focused system that supports developmental efforts in generating talents needed to become self-reliant and problem-solvers using Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Innovation,” Amanda said.

“To remain competitive in a growing global economy, we must raise students’ achievement in STEM subjects and skills. This is why we are therefore looking forward to ensuring that educators serve as role models, career and academic supporters, and as nurturers of the younger generation. We will be following up on the schools, Educators, and their students towards ensuring they are given the adequate and technical support they need,” Amanda assured in an interview.

Dignitaries like the Commissioner of Science and Technology of Enugu State, Sir Obi Kama in Enugu, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education of Abia State, Sir Eze Ajuzie in Umuahia, and Remy Chukwunyere, a representative of the former Chief of Staff to the Imo State Government, Uche Nwosu Ugwumba in Owerri attended to show their support.

The project was held in the four eastern states of Nigeria, that is, Abia, Imo, Enugu, and Anambra state.

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