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WAAW GLOCAL CLASSROOMS: USING STEM TO GET AFRICA READY FOR THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

Students of Federal Government College, Ijanikin Partaking in WAAW Glocal Classroom

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIR) is here upon us, it has shaped the way things are being done, turned the world to a unit market place, and replaced cumbersome processes with simple solutions that are far more efficient and less time consuming. The fourth industrial revolution is being driven more on the space of technology to improve trade than any other scope. All these are being achieved because of technology and innovation! This means that the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) has become more relevant than before.  Anybody who wants to be involved in the play of the fourth industrial revolution of the twenty first century must have a working understanding of the field of STEM.

On June 6th to 8th 2017 at the Shehu Musa Yaradua centre in Abuja, participants, from all walks of life, converged for the digital Africa Conference to discuss how technology is being used to create capacity and cope with new age challenges. The second session was particularly dedicated to education with the theme “Using STEM to get Africa ready for the FIR” the session which involved Prof. Manny Aniebonam and Prof. Mobolaji Aluko-president, Global distance learning Institute Abuja, was centered around making sure that Students in Africa are part of the global community and are develop capacity to compete in the fourth industrial revolution.

WAAW Foundation has been working on the improvement of education in STEM but more importantly, WAAW is breaking borders by linking the local education system with the global community. WAAW is creating platform for African students to interact with the global community through an initiative known as the Glocal Classroom. The use of the word revolution for education is a new development and WAAW Foundation is using technology to revolutionize STEM education, create virtual meetings, exchange of ideas, collaboration and inventions between the African continent and the rest of the world. This will ensure that Africans are not left behind when the world has moved. This will also ensure inclusive learning, international collaboration, and innovation with global thinking as well as increased productivity at less cost. It also involves training of teachers.

The governments of the first world spend so much on exchange programs to achieve this, but WAAW is using technology to make it simpler, easier and achieve more. Since the world is now a global village, WAAW foundation will drive the STEM education of African Students through the technology it preaches.  This has made indigent students who have little or no access to the other side of the world, interact with professionals and develop skills through virtual interaction.  WAAW foundation is creating opportunities for these people to learn, innovate and make better social connections to people on the other side of the world they ordinarily would not have had access to. The Glocal Classrom also helps teachers learn with new technologies and resources, easier ways to teach STEM courses. Send your inquiries to info@waawfoundation.org to learn more about WAAW Foundation Glocal Classroom.