STEM Project in Tanzania
The STEM in Tanzania education project was launched with a vision to empower students in Tanzania and equip them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the 21st century.
Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world and access to education is limited while the quality of education is generally low, limiting children’s prospects and affecting their future careers.
The aim of the STEM in Tanzania project is to inspire and motivate students to pursue careers in STEM fields that can lead to greater economic opportunities and growth in the country. At the same time, the program is designed to assist and empower local community educators to deliver high-quality STEM education in the long term.
In the first trip of Theo with SciCo and his team to Tanzania, which took place in November 2022, the “train-the-trainer” approach was applied to six local community teachers in the villages of Gongo, Mkange, and Matipwili, who at the end of the project were fully trained to support the curriculum we co-created during their training and implement it to more than 300 students in their schools.
Some of the future goals of the project include providing the workshop to more teachers in the local community, extending the duration, involving more volunteers, developing the curriculum, and exploring solutions to address the problem of lack of electricity in local communities. The next mission to Tanzania will take place in August 2023.
The “STEM in Tanzania” project is implemented by SciCo – Science Communication in collaboration with the non-profit organizations Wheeling2help and “SANA” – Saving Africa’s Nature – SANA in Tanzania.