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Promoting STEM Education / ICT through Teachers Training

This summer, The Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation, trained 78 STEM teachers in its just-concluded 4th Annual STEM teachers training programme for secondary school STEM educators in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria.

The overall aim was to provide STEM teachers with sufficient academic skills and deliberately influence a behavior change among teachers for them to accommodate innovative pedagogy approaches and; equip them with the skills to encourage equal participation of both boys and girls in learning Maths and Sciences.

We had 3 Alumni from previous STEM teachers’ training. Mr. Bright Kemasuode took a session on classroom control and management. He went further to explain one of the biggest challenges many teachers face ensuring that their classroom is focused and free of distractions. He highlighted effective classroom management techniques, whereby teachers can stay in control of their classroom’s direction and learning style, ensuring that students can learn in an effective environment that’s free of disruption or distraction. Mr. Johnson Ozuoka took a session on Effective Teaching strategies-Applying hands-on experimental learning in the classroom and Mr. Soji Megbowon explained Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and problem-solving solutions.

WAAW Foundation facilitators led several sessions on the inclusion of gender as a cross-cutting theme during the training and introduced the use of technology to enhance the classroom experience for students through hands-on activities that can be used to increase the interest among secondary school students to pursue courses in STEM at the post-secondary level.

The teachers were trained on Solar and Wind energy as various forms of renewable energy. They learned how the Solar panel functions and also how to build a functional wind turbine. With this knowledge, teachers can easily teach kids about renewable energy and sustainable ways to combat inadequate electricity. Additionally, the basics behind electricity and circuits as well as how to teach these topics using Arduino was taught. This is the best approach for introducing students to microcontrollers and hardware programming.

The founder of Include Me Africa Initiative Jibikeoluwa Faborode, an organization whose mission is to leverage youth action and partnerships to influence social change that advances the rights and capabilities of persons with disabilities across Africa; was at the Abuja workshop to enlighten teachers on how to improve teaching skills especially with impaired students in the classroom.

A representative from Hadassah STEM, an African nonprofit organization that aims to create a safe environment for young girls to discover Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), enlightened teachers to always encourage their students and be the role models students would look up to.

Consequently, the outcome of this training programme has changed, immensely the behavior of these teachers on classroom control and management, innovative teaching methodologies and equipped them with the skills to ensure equal participation of both boys and girls in science and Maths