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. STEM incubates complex problem-solving, data analytics, and research from an early age such that it becomes second nature in adolescence.
Going into the 2020s, technology has changed the way we live, work, and even learn. So, it is within the purview of the Education Ministry to almost enforce STEM education in Nigerian schools. So far, Nigeria’s tech export and ecosystem owe it all to STEM.
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 skills to thrive in the fast-paced labor and life ‘market’.
Imperial Gate School, Starling School, and other first-rate schools have committed themselves to bridge this gap. They are the foremost private schools 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 clamor 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 for 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 the 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 resources to improve the quality of Nigeria’s education holistically. Boasting hundreds of thousands of talents in Nigeria’s tech space, you can imagine the far-reaching effects of a well-funded STEM curriculum is going to have in the Nigeria of tomorrow.
Globally, millions of opportunities continue to be available for top tech talents, and Nigeria should not fall short of contributing its own quota. The Nigerian tech export is currently on an upward trajectory. We need not be alarmed, as the abundance of unearthed talent currently, suffices.
The best time for Nigeria’s FG to have invested in STEM education was probably in the ’80s. The next best time is now.