2018 STEM – ICT TEACHERS TRAINING
In line with the WAAW Foundation’s vision to empower African women to become impactful leaders, change agents and technology innovators through STEM engagement, WAAW integrates and promotes hands-on experiential learning into classrooms in private and public schools by organizing a FREE STEM-ICT Teachers’ Training/Workshop in Abuja and Lagos this summer, with over 78 teachers in attendance.
Since rote memorization methodologies which are prevalent in the African educational system have been the sole method of teaching in schools, WAAW Foundation proposed a better and more effective way students can learn and retain information, using Hands-on Activities. Teachers were trained to develop cutting edge STEM curriculum for their classrooms using affordable locally available resources and on Solar and Wind Energy as various forms of Renewable Energy and sustainable ways to combat inadequate electricity supply in their communities. More so, these teachers were trained on Arduino programming as the best approach for introducing students to micro-controllers and hardware programming. Resources for continued learning for STEM teachers, peer support, mentoring and continued engagement were provided.
Facilitators for the training included Sidney Wilson, Tolulope Adeyemo, Mr. Lotanna Uchegbu, Mr. Enoch Abu, Mr. Prince, Funke Oyedun, Lucy Ikpesu and Loveth Ubi. The Vice-President of WAAW Foundation, Dr. Ebele Agu during her talk with the teachers advised them to embrace STEM education and equip their students with as much STEM skills as possible.
At the end of the training, certificate were awarded to the teachers.
In conclusion, WAAW Foundation is of the view that learning should be fun for both the teachers and the students where technology has made things easy. This would make the students innovative and creative.