What is STEM?
STEM, as the name suggests, stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It is a well-rounded curriculum that incorporates lateral thinking into children’s development.
Into the 2020’s, technology will change the way we work, and even learn. So, it is the within the purview of the Education Ministry to almost enforce STEM education in Nigerian schools.
STEM in Nigerian Schools
In recent times, there has been an uprising against the archaic standards of STEM education in Nigeria, as most young people graduate out of uni/college, to face unique challenges of having the requisite skill to thrive in the fast-paced labour and life ‘market’.
Imperial Gate School, Lagos have committed themselves to bridge this gap. They are a foremost private school in the bustling commercial capital of the country. So they took on the sole responsibility of empowering the young ones for exactly what the corporate world demands.
With the clamour in recent years for talented software developers and engineers, the Nigerian youth have been able to fill a sizable void of that gaping vacuum.
So a lot of schools currently see this ever-increasing need of technically-savvy and brilliant man-power. So they are stopping at nothing to make sure they churn out quality products from their respective institutions.
Realistically, the STEM numbers are improving currently, but progression is almost painfully slow, when there is a ready market willing to consume our STEM products.
A lot of stakeholders and interested communities are getting the attention of the Government to allocate a larger chunk of the national budget to improve the quality Nigeria currently have. Boasting of hundreds of thousands of talents in the technology space, you can imagine the far-reaching effects of a well-funded STEM curriculum is going to have in the Nigeria of tomorrow.
Globally, there are millions of positions open to be filled by this highly-in-demand talents and Nigeria should not fall short of contributing her own quota.
The best time to invest in STEM education was probably in the 80’s. The next best time is now.