By Michael Leventhal - Chief Nerdy Development Officer
We completed the 4th edition of our STEM summer camp a few weeks ago and thanks to your gift we were able to offer full scholarships to 21 public school students that would not have otherwise been able to attend. The students came from public schools in Lafiabougou and Badalabougou in Bamako and we had one special student who came from the neighboring town of Kati each day. You can see most of the students in the picture below.
Mali has an increasingly segregated school system where only poor students attend public schools due to severe lack of resources the government can devote to them. iNERDE is one of the few educational programs in Mali that gives public school students access to an enriched environment and integrates public and private school students. The public school students typically are behind their peers in private schools academically so we have to dedicate a lot of resources to make this work. It does work, however. Malian society retains a strong element of social solidarity and we constantly see the more advanced kids helping the kids who are struggling - and better learning themselves in the process. We've also seen some of the public school kids that have been coming to our camps for successive years making extraordinary strides in their intellectual development.
This year we added a full program for middle school kids which included a week learning architecture at a local university, we added theatre, dance, and drawing for all ages, and we added new science units in biology and earth sciences. The kids had a lot of fun, exercised their creative and intellectual muscles, and took a giant step forward to being future leaders of their country.
Michael Leventhal / Chief Nerdy Development Officer / email@example.com
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