Mr. Kenneth Y. Best (KYB), publisher and former managing director of the Daily Observer newspaper, is expected to address hundreds of participants, including kids, at the launch of METS Afrika4D Partnership STEM Project in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, tomorrow.
The STEM project, according to its Executive Director Marjanne W. Baker, will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math program for children between the ages of 8 and 12.
The program will be hosted under the theme, “Bridging the STEM Gap in Liberia,” with specific attention to encourage the little children to take STEM education seriously.
The historic event, according Baker, will recognize Sweden’s unrelenting commitment to “capacity building and the start-up of change processes within the Change Agent’s organization that integrates Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) in educational policies and strategies at all levels of our global educational system.”
A 21st century project-based Learning System has metamorphosed (change) into METS Afrika4D, an ICT change project; promoting a custom-fit version of STEAM education in Liberian schools, with a pilot phase in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2015.
“METS Afrika4D, a non-governmental organization, was registered in 2017, after acquiring training and inspiration from Life Academy and Stockholm University. We have since that time established a strategic alliance with entities in Liberia, Rwanda and the USA,” Baker said.
“These institutions,” according to her, include the Ministry of Education, Grand Bassa County Community College, Sherman Adams, Sr. Memorial School, Next Einstein Forum and Technovation Iridescent, a global technology and entrepreneurship program for girls, currently in 110 countries.
Madam Baker further said that a plan to scale up these efforts through a public-private partnership forum with Senator Nyonblee K. Lawrence, a STEM activist, is being implemented, while highlighting gains made.
“We will use this unique opportunity to honor Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor and the amazing stride she continues to make as an advocate for girls and women, along with Dr. Chris Nyan, a Liberian scientist, who recently invented a prototype for infectious disease,” she said in her invitation letter to Mr. Best.