By Diana Omueza
The KNOSK N100-A-Day Charity Secondary School, Kuje, FCT, has trained 160 low income students in Kuje on various Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programmes (STEM).
The training was done with support from Worley Foundation in Australia.
Mrs Irene Bangwell, Co-Founder of KNOSK during the closure of a Six-Day Boot Camp in Abuja on Tuesday, said that the boot camp which benefitted the 160 students from Kuje community was a huge success.
Bangwell said that every child regardless of social background had the ability to excel in science when given necessary learning materials and tools such as the STEM with computer laboratory and its knowledge.
“This event is a celebration of the huge milestone of providing children from low-income families with quality science-based education that equips them with knowledge, skills and resolve that they need to break the cycle of poverty.
“The setup of the STEM boot camp was made possible by Worley Foundation in Australia with the aim to bridge the gap in science between the privileged and the underprivileged students in society.
“It was also to ensure that educationally and socially disadvantaged children can be transformed into productive and excellent young adults in the nearest future,” she said.
Bangwell said that the boot camp was specifically organised to step down knowledge on science to the under privileged students in the community by their trained peers in the KNOSK school.
She noted that in spite of the fact that the school was limited to accepting only 30 students per term, it had adopted the step down of science knowledge to the rest of the students of the community during holidays.
This, she said, was to ensure that other students in the community did not lack basic science knowledge.
“During the June and July school session, we intensively trained 20 students on various programmes of STEM in order for them to become students-teachers during the holiday.
“The Six-Day boot camp enabled the student-teachers to train no fewer than 92 other students in the community in six different programmes under STEM.
“The programmes were Arduino, Solar, Makey-Makey, Scratch, Snap and Circuit system programming,’’ she said.
She said that this was to give the students an idea on how things such as cartoons, animations and games worked.
She encouraged parents to provide necessary and basic practical tools for their wards and children to continue practicing the various programmes that they were exposed to.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that highlight of the camp’s closure was the display of various science inventions by the various groups of the boot camp.
There were also the presentation of both cash and gift items to winners and participants.
The KNOSK N100-A-Day Charity Secondary School is an education initiative of Youngstars Development Initiative (YDI) designed as a Private-Public School for low-income families.(NAN)