Promoting STEM education in West Africa

Feb 2, 2013

CIFAL Atlanta along with Kennesaw State University’s leadership gathered with educational institutional leaders from Nigeria and key faculty and staff from the University of Ibadan and the University of Lagos to develop and strategy to implement capacity building programs aimed to improve the quality of STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) education in West African countries.

The development of a highly qualified and competent workforce is crucial to the success of any country. Now more than ever there is an increasing demand for workers who are proficient in science, technology, engineering and math. Without a skilled workforce, no business can maximize its potential. Young people are finding it harder and harder to succeed in the 21st century economy with 20th century skills. Today’s students must be able to apply 21st Century skills to real-world science and engineering issues challenging our global economy, from climate change to preventing epidemics to environmental sustainability.

This strategy also aims to enhance the capacities of women in STEM fields and to encourage other women to get into STEM disciplines.