……establishes 218 STEM Centres in 36 States and FCT
The Buhari led Federal Government has unveiled a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Centre for the North-East geopolitical zone.
The flagged off of the project was done by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq at the Federal Government College, Maiduguri, Borno State.
She explained that the STEM Centre will be established in five other locations across the State.
According to the Minister, a total of 218 of such schools located all over 36 states and the FCT are equipped with modern digital equipment in each centre including 25 All-in-one- Desktop PC24 inch Screen intel 2-8 GH2 quad-core, 25 Desktop tables and chairs, 1 projector of 5000 lumens, 1 magnetic whiteboard for learning, 1 WiFi Routers multi-SIM and Elegoo Robotics Sets.
She said that the centre which is one of the components of the National Social Investment Programme is a project strategically conceived to provide technical platforms that will aid modern teaching and learning on science and technology Engineering and mathematics to Students in some carefully selected Federal and State-owned Science /Technical secondary schools nationwide.
‘’Technically, the project aims at providing e-learning facilities through the establishment of a State-of-the-Art information and Communication Technology (ICT)infrastructure and modern teaching content to serve as a one-stop-shop environment for students in public secondary schools to have access to digital and updated learning materials in Science and Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics while also developing their ICT Skills including the use of the internet for various purposes
‘’STEM project has two components, the set-up of the centres in carefully selected government-owned secondary schools and the training of the teachers in the schools so selected.
‘’While STEMcentres are established to give students of secondary schools an opportunity to have practical experience in digital learning platforms, the training components focus on building the capacity of teachers in secondary schools to significantly enhance the learning of STEM which is the foundation of the digital economy. The programme is designed to equip and transform STEM teachers to deliver digital literacy through training, mentoring and provisions on devices to aid teaching.’’
The Minister who charged the teachers and students to take optimum advantage of the facility noticed that the newly established centre was set up,’’ where students can go in and learn about science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics. We hope that the centre will be put to good use so that our children can benefit from this centre’’.
The Minister later toured the facility, accompanied by the Minister of State for Education, Mr Emeka Nwajiuba, Mrs Imam Suleiman-Ibrahim, Director- General of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Director Humanitarian Affairs in the Ministry, Alhaji Ali Grema, the State Focal Person, Hajiya Aisha Waziri Umar and other dignitaries.