CUREkids is gearing up for the exciting launch of its STEAM Building Blocks Enrichment (CSBBEP) Program for underserved children. The launch will take place at Cyber-Ed Christian School of Excellence, opposite the South African Embassy, Sophie Road, Congo Town on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The CSBBEP program is based on collaborative, real-life problem solving activities to help children explore the world around them.
Targeting kids ages 6yrs- 12yrs, CUREkids founder Amanda Hill says that is a perfect age range to embrace science and technology. “STEAM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. We believe our kids will one day be the architects and engineers building the infrastructure and skyline of a prosperous Liberia,” she said.
During activities, the kids will be paired with local college students pursuing a STEAM degree or graduates of TVET (Technical Vocational Education Training) schools. The children will experience real life application of what they learn on field trips with volunteer STEAM professionals. METS Afrika4d, a mobile STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) lab will engage the kids in STEAM activities during the launch.
Captain Raynold Mitchell, the CEO of Liberty Aviation Group located at Spriggs Payne Airport is enthusiastic about the program and looks forward to being a CUREkids volunteer. He says as a child, he discovered his love for flying and desire to be a pilot while watching planes lift off from Spriggs Payne Airport. He says “It is only when access and opportunity are given to children do they know they can become pilots or anything they want to be.”
Monrovia City Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo, who is also a devoted supporter of CUREkids, will participate in the launching of CSBBEP. She says science was her first love and she pursued it with passion as an adolescent. “More children need to understand science and technology and how it affects everything in their world,” she said.
CSBBEP will include volunteer motivational speakers who will teach the children how to advocate for themselves in all settings. “And because so many kids in Liberia grow up not knowing what direction to take in life,” Hill says, “our motivational speakers along with the CSBBEP curricula should give them a map that will get them to a destination that enriches their community, country, and the world.”
According to her, CUREkids was designed and CSBBEP developed to provide Liberian children the opportunities and tools to mentally remove the shackles of poverty from their spirit and realize the greatness in them and their nation.
“CSBBEP with its focus on science, technology, art, and team building activities will develop inspired little problem solvers to affect change in their immediate environments. It is an exciting time to be a child in the 21st century and Liberian children should be active participants,” she says.
The CSBBEP is sponsored by Jhpiego, Monrovia City Corporation, Cyber-Ed School of Excellence, Petro Trade, Murphy Logistics, Project Liberia, LIBTELCO, Pan African Engineering Group and METS Afrika4d.
CUREkids stands for Care, Understanding and Respect for Exceptional Kids. Amanda Hill can be reached at [email protected]