In a significant move to bolster STEM education in Enugu State public schools, 180 teachers have embarked on a six-month project-based STEM training. This was revealed in a press statement made available to Technext.
This initiative, the product of a collaborative effort between the Teacher Aid Initiative (TAI) and the TY Danjuma Foundation, is focused on arming teachers with advanced tools and methodologies, amplifying the impact of teaching in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subjects.
Recent statistics highlight a growing gap in STEM education across Africa, underscoring the pressing need to invest in initiatives that inspire and prepare the next generation for STEM careers. This collaboration between TAI and TY Danjuma Foundation is a testament to both organisations’ commitment to bridging this gap, fostering an environment where students are not only learners but also future leaders in STEM.
Speaking on the teachers’ training initiative, Project Officer at the TY Danjuma Foundation, Rachael Samndi said the foundation is embarking on the project because of its firm belief that investing in teacher training is key to developing a robust educational system.
“We are thrilled about our collaboration with the Teacher Aid Initiative. Together, we are committed to empowering teachers in Enugu State with the necessary skills and knowledge required for effective STEM instruction. We firmly believe that investing in teacher training is instrumental in enhancing educational outcomes,” Rachael said.
The teachers’ STEM training
The training was inaugurated with a two-day immersive session attended by the participating teachers and luminaries from the educational sector. Among the attendees were representatives from the Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB), Post Primary Schools Management Board (PPSMB), Science Technical and Vocational Schools Management Board (STVSMB), Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), and other esteemed educational institutions.
Aligning with the TY Danjuma Foundation’s mission, this initiative is poised to transform the educational landscape. By immersing teachers in hands-on experiences and equipping them with innovative STEM teaching tools, both TAI and TY Danjuma Foundation are setting the stage for a richer, more engaging learning experience for students in Enugu State.
The founder of Teacher Aid Nigeria, Adeola Ojeleye, said the foundation’s vision extended beyond just training as it is looking to ignite passion for STEM in the students. This can only be achieved by igniting the same passion in the teachers themselves.
Teacher Aid Initiative (TAI) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving access to quality education worldwide. TAI works closely with teachers, schools, and communities to develop innovative solutions that empower educators and students. Through various programs and initiatives, TAI strives to create sustainable change in education by investing in teacher training, curriculum development, infrastructure improvement, and community engagement.
The TY Danjuma Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that supports initiatives aimed at improving access to affordable, high-quality healthcare and education. The Foundation works closely with various groups, including NGOs, CBOs, faith-based organizations, youth organizations, and women’s groups.
The Foundation focuses on several key areas, including maternal and child health, preventable blindness, access to healthcare for underserved communities, neglected tropical diseases, and primary school education. Since its establishment in 2009, the Foundation has awarded $41.5 million in grants and implemented over 340 projects across Nigeria, reaching more than 10 million people.
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