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Royal Iwere Foundation, others partner on children’s STEM education in Warri

Royal Iwere Foundation, others partner on children’s STEM education in Warri

The Royal Iwere Foundation (RIF), the humanitarian arm of the Warri Kingdom Monarchy, has entered into partnership with the office of the Special Adviser on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Delta State, Diana Eyo-Enoette, and TakeLead Technologies to mentor 25 children aged 7 – 12 across six schools in Iyara community of Warri.

The schools are: Monesto School, Holy Cross School, Morning Star School, Merit School, Great Knowledge School, and CleverMinds Free School.

A statement signed by the organisers stated that a maiden edition of the Foundation’s STEM Hub Boot Camp for children at the STEM and Innovation Centre in Iyara was held from Monday 22 April to Friday 26 April 2024.

“The STEM Hub Boot Camp aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 3, 4, 5, and 10. The boot camp offers a developmental curriculum and personalised learning skits tailored to young learners, taking into consideration their socio-cultural circumstances and educational backgrounds,” it stated.

Ayesha Elike, founder of TakeLead Technologies and her team facilitated the interactive five-day boot camp teaching the children fundamentals of electronics, Arduino programming, coding, basic robotics, and STEM product innovation.

On the programme’s grand finale and demo day, the children presented their STEM products, which include automated trash cans, code-controlled motor wheels, and motion-controlled LED lights, to special guests of the day; their teachers.

The Visioner, RIF and Queen Consort of Warri Kingdom, HRH Olori Atuwatse III, who commended the efforts of the children, partners, and the Foundation’s staff, described the programme as a milestone accomplishment for quality foundational education in the region.

“Educating and empowering the youth of Warri Kingdom is crucial for our societal progress. Through initiatives like the STEM Hub Boot Camp, we ignite curiosity, encourage innovation, and cultivate resilience in our young people, keeping them gainfully engaged and shaping them into active contributors to our kingdom’s development and the nation,” she said.

Diana Eyo-Enoette, special assistant to the Governor of Delta State on SDGs, applauded the facilitators and participating schools at the STEM Hub Boot Camp 1.0.

She expressed her thoughts on the programme’s potential to revolutionise the learning experience of beneficiaries, especially in STEM.

“The programme aims to inspire and engage children, encouraging them to explore STEM and its potential for creating sustainable development solutions,” she said.

On the demo day, two teachers, Gold of Holy Cross School and Folake of Monesto School, expressed their enthusiasm for the programme and thanked the Monarchy for their efforts.

They also encouraged the continuation and expansion of the programme to other schools across Warri and Delta State.

Speaking on the continuation of the programme, Ogechukwuabiago Ezeobiorah, COO, RIF stated: “Royal Iwere Foundation under the leadership of the Warri Kingdom Monarchy is pioneering STEM education by establishing a STEM lab and powering the STEM Hub Boot Camp because it believes in providing quality foundational education to the youth of Warri. The boot camp will metamorphose into a bi-weekly school club because continuing education is the key to the sustainable development of the children. RIF is open to partnering with individuals, organisations and institutions focused on nurturing children’s future in marginalised and underprivileged communities. We want to take this programme to other communities in Warri and beyond and establish more STEM Labs. Partner with us.”

The Royal Iwere Foundation (RIF) is a non-profit organisation established to educate, enlighten and empower the youth and people of Warri Kingdom for a brighter future. RIF is dedicated to fostering a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship through targeted SDG-oriented initiatives.