17 Dec WAAW Foundation participated in the education multi-stakeholder summit in Lagos
Re-learn powered by Co-Creation Hub (CC HUB) in conjunction with Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) organized a one-day Education Multi-Stakeholder summit tagged;
“Exploring Teaching Methods for STEM Education in Secondary Schools.”
Re-learn is an initiative created by CC-Hub to make learning more interactive than been instructive and this is achieved by creating content for STEM subjects, training educators on how to use the content and organizing programs that will facilitate the teachers and the student to be able to use the content created.
Firstly, we discussed on the challenges facing STEM education in Nigeria, which are;
- By 2050, we will be the 3rd most populous country which will result to more student and less teachers.
- In area of teacher’s quality: 300,000 of the 700,000 teachers in Nigerian schools are not qualified to teach – TRCN and 17 Million teachers needed by 2030 in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- In the area of funding: Its just 6% of the national budget that is allocated to education whereas, UNESCO recommends 26%
- In the area of curriculum: Students are overloaded with facts and information at the expense of concentration on “big ideas” and key principles and also, Lack of interactive and engaging content to address the issue of student perceiving science as abstract and theoretical
- In the area of teaching methodology: Nigeria have 1:50 teacher student ratio while UNESCO recommends 1:10 and Teachers using instructional based learning does not promote active learning for the students.
Furthermore, we discussed on the approach re-learn has been able to tackle the challenges in Nigeria through the introduction of STEM Club funded by MacArthur Foundation which was design to create Educators network, build an inquiry based-learning system and digital labs and create After-school Clubs. It is used to complement the teachers teaching which helps schools and students use technology in smart ways to enhance learning. This has already been launched in 3 state with 764 students and 36 educators in 21 schools impacted.
The Executive director for WAAW Foundation, Mrs. Tolulope Owajoba in her advice to the organizers of the program, told them to find a way of partnering with NGOs that train teachers so that they can add the content created by CC-Hub to their curriculum.
Other advice given to them was that they should finds ways on how teachers can change their mindset on the importance of using latest technology to impact learning to the students and also be motivated to teach them.