The Ignite Africa Campaign is a project focused on providing free access to STEM education to 200 underprivileged children living in remote and slum communities in Lagos State, Nigeria before the end of 2023. The project’s main objectives are to ensure that all out-of-school children in the target communities have access to formal education and to create a community-based STEM innovation center where beneficiaries can gain access to valuable tech skills such as software development, product design, data analytics, and more.
The goal of the campaign is to give the children the competitive advantage to be relevant in the global marketplace and to break the cycle of poverty that has tormented their communities for generations. By providing access to STEM education, the campaign aims to empower these children with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world. This education will not only help them to secure better jobs and improve their economic status, but it will also provide them with the tools they need to make a positive impact in their communities.
The first phase of the project, providing access to formal education, has been completed successfully. We are now working on the second phase of the project, which is to establish the community-based STEM innovation center. This center will provide the children with access to the latest technology and equipment, as well as trained professionals who can teach them valuable tech skills.
The potential outcomes of this project include an increase in the number of children who have access to formal education, an increase in the number of children who have access to STEM education, and an increase in the number of children who have access to valuable tech skills. Additionally, we hope to see a decrease in poverty rates in the target communities and an increase in the number of children who are able to secure better jobs and improve their economic status.
The potential for scaling this project is huge. If the project is successful, it can be replicated in other remote and slum communities in Nigeria and other African countries. By providing access to STEM education and valuable tech skills, we can empower a generation of children to break the cycle of poverty and improve their overall well-being. This project could also serve as a model for similar initiatives in other developing countries around the world.