Girls War Against Boko Haram Using STEM

Girl war against Boko Haram using STEM

(STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is a school in Abuja, although it is mixed school but attention and encouragement have focused  a lot more on girls. After school STEM program are being encouraged to pursue careers in science and technology, and have built a robot to tackle the country’s waste problem in Nigeria. This robot is designed to pick and drop off pieces of garbage on a play area.

Boko Haram, which has been one of the major challenges the nation Nigeria has faced in recent years. Stella Uzochukwu, a former electronics engineer took it upon herself to teach this girls who are primary casualties of the Boko Haram in Nigeria. Boko Haram was founded in 2002 and the northern states have been their major target.  Boko Haram whose brutal crusade against western-style education — among other things — has robbed children of education in northern Nigeria. Many schools in the north have been closed down and might never be opened again as parents have prefered that they lose their children at home rather than in schools.

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Odyssey founder, Stella Uzochukwu left her well paid job at an engineering firm to set up the charity in 2013, but increasing attacks on schools mainly in northeastern Nigeria and its capital in Abuja have been the major challenge the school have faced coupled with the fact that parents are not forth willing to allow their children enroll in the program but the few that have joined have benefitted a lot. The efforts from the girls were part of the First Lego League Competition which has seen 233,000 children across 80 countries enroll. According to CNN in an interview with Stella Uzochukwu she said “There was a particular incident last year where we wanted to engage kids in coding during the school holidays”, explains Uzochukwu, “but none of the kids were allowed to come into school because of these attacks.”

The goal is to ensure kids can learn how to repair computers, laptops, and phones; “so when they get out of school they will not be roaming the streets”.
“Learning programming, coding and mathematics is what I think marks the difference between underdeveloped and developed nations.”
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