Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Kenya partner, the Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA), hosted the Third Planning Meeting for Multi-Sectoral Public Private Approach to STEM on October 16. The meeting brought together leaders in the government and nonprofit sectors to explore strategies in raising youth who are not only interested and passionate about a future in science and technology, but also the character and creativity for ethical innovation.
The Director of CEMASTEA, Mr. Stephen Njoroge said, “What this country needs are not just grade As in examination results, but people with 21st century skills able to think critically, innovatively and creatively to solve societal problems.”
GPF Kenya Director Mr. Daniel Juma presented the ongoing benefits of incorporating GPF’s Leap Hubs program in Kenya’s high schools, now a part of 24 of the 192 STEM schools across the nation. The leadership and entrepreneurship program piloted in Kenya in 2015 to provide guidance and space in secondary schools for highly motivated students to explore their ideas and learn what it takes to become business and social entrepreneurs. In Leap Hubs spaces, students gain valuable skills including leadership, innovation, marketing, problem solving, product development, finance, and planning.