This is a microproject to help finance the participation of poor public school students in iNERDE's STEM summer camps in Mali, West Africa (projects/stem-in-africa "Let's Bring STEM Education to 120 Children in Mali"). Thanks to the support of many donors, we provided a free 5-week camp for 120 kids in 2015 but in 2016 our funds are not sufficient and we are forced to charge parents a $50 fee. Many families in Mali cannot afford this, so we are raising scholarships for 30 students.
Public schools in Mali do not have even the basic equipment to teach science and technical subjects - no chemistry labs, no microscopes, no computers, no internet - despite dedicated teachers and decent instruction. iNERDE for the last two years have given poor children in West Africa hands-on experience with STEM projects with incredible results but we don't have enough money to subsidize them this year. Help give African kids a chance to prepare for the modern world.
If we reach our goal poor 30 kids will have the chance to have a life-changing experience learning innovation, creative problem solving and STEM skills. If we exceed our goal we will take more kids - we have 90 on our waiting list. In addition to learning and gaining a new perspective on their opportunities in life, these poor kids will get a nutritious meal each day, optimizing their learning experience and promoting social equality.
Mali, like many countries in Africa, is far behind the rest of the world in living standards and the types and levels of opportunities offered to their citizens. We believe that Africans must solve their own problems - and they are doing it - and that, today, competence in technology, entrepreneurial spirit, and innovation are key ingredients every country needs, no less Africa. iNERDE is starting at a critical age and creating the future leaders with critical skills that will reshape Africa.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
iNERDE Web Site
Everything about our 2015 STEM Camps
Our 2015 partner schools in Mali and Senegal
The iNERDE FAQ