NGO commemorates 2019 Africa Day by Inspiring Young Africans to Explore Science and Technologyadmin 11th June 2019 0 COMMENTS
Something big has begun brewing up for Africa. On the 25th May, 2019, the STEMi Makers Africa launched the “STEMing for Africa” to commemorate the Africa Day 2019. On this day, while it was great to reflect and celebrate the journey of Africa through colonization and war, it was also a day to discuss how Africa still had a long way to go in building a unified and Tech-enabled environment for the emerging generation. Africa makes up 15% of the world population, yet its research-and-development capacity remains untapped. As STEM evangelists, we expose and build Africans with the right tools, resources, mentorship and study/career opportunities they ought to have towards fulfilling their dreams and future aspirations.
The “STEMing for Africa” program was an e-event held on the Twitter Platform with over 550 engagements and 200 participants who signed up to learn from policy shapers such as Amanda Obidike (Co-founder of STEMi Makers Africa and Strategy Lead for Calal Global), Ahmed Salau (Data Scientist and the Co-founder of Remtech Concepts), Chinonso Nwanevu (Development Analyst, Astrophysicist, Ambassador of International Youth Math Challenge and a UN Economic and Social council Forum Alumnus), Nelson Izah (a technophile and Solution developer). These four (4) guest speakers had several achievements in common. They had the imperative need to transform young minds into innovators of tomorrow and Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) while integrating STEM learning and career opportunities across African communities. Inspiring young people on the STEMi Makers Africa social platform was a wonderful way of reaching people from all over the world to explore and pursue their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Amanda Obidike, the Co-founder of STEMi Makers Africa talked about Policy making and STEM Education and Integration in Africa. She explained how paramount it is to embrace STEM education towards transforming the society with the enthusiasm it deserves. She says “policies should be aimed at addressing Africa’s long-term prospect in STEM within the global context.” She also highlighted that this could be achieved through partnership for Goals (SDG 17). She further added that “we can strengthen existing and strategic relationship and develop new connections between educational institutions, international bodies and communities…Africa’s limitation to resources should not be a withholding barrier for young Africans to embrace courses in STEM…”
Ahmed Salau shared on the Importance of Data Science for Social Impact. He gave the audience access to Data Science resource materials. Nelson Izah, a technophile and one of the Winners of the TOTAL startupper of 2019 (Nigeria) shared highlights on Technology: The Future of Work and how it could create a better Africa of our Dream. Chinonso Nwanevu, a Sustainability and Developmental expert talked about driving the impact of STEM for sustainability in Africa. He said that “we can do so much by looking in making STEM subjects our number one priority and fulfilling the SDG Goals.” Nelson, Amanda, Chinonso and Ahmed created a propelling atmosphere and shared how young leaders can make a difference and function in their aspiration without any continental Limitations or barrier.
These social innovators focused on giving the audience the right information, knowledge and tools that Africans need to become more effective, more productive, more experienced and more efficient in STEM related fields. STEM is all around us and shapes our everyday experience. The STEMi Makers Africa is a not-for-profit organization that unites, inspires and prepares young people in Africa to succeed, lead and innovate in the world of STEM.
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