STEM refers to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. People who enter into these fields gain employment in information technology (IT), medicine, higher education and many other fields. However, many Togolese children, especially girls, fall behind in their STEM classes. Many students across the country do not have access to equipment that can bring excitement and curiosity into their science classrooms, so they often do not consider STEM fields for possible career opportunities.
EDULCOD Togo’s STEM Academy aims to introduce young learners to a world of skill sets and topics that they may never have thought possible. This academy can allow students to explore new topics in a relaxed, creative, and entertaining environment without the pressures that the school year typically brings. Students will experience hands on learning from trained teachers and experts who will be able to show students science experiments and see real life application of concepts learned in classrooms. Smaller numbers of students give the teacher more time to focus on each student individually and thus achieve better learning for the students.
By participating in the program, Togolese youth can return to their villages or towns with new confidence and gain exposure to new ways of thinking that will serve them better in the classroom and later in life.