GetBundi launches to equip African youths with STEM skills
Education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, experts say, is the basis of any significant or sustainable economic growth and development. However, Africa lags behind the rest of the world in STEM education, with less than 25 per cent of African higher education students pursuing professional fields related to STEM.
With the aim of changing this narrative, a new educational technology platform has been launched focused on equipping young Africans with high quality, accessible and affordable digital science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills (education) and STI digital skills.
The platform, GetBundi, a product of Wings of Justice Limited, was unveiled in Lagos with the aim of refocusing education in Africa towards STEM and digital skills as a way to lift millions of people out of poverty.
Osita Oparaugo, CEO / founder of GetBundi, said at the launch that the idea for the platform arose from the understanding that only countries with STEM-enabled citizenship can achieve meaningful development, as STEM learning fosters creativity, innovation, critical thinking and problem solving. skills needed in the 21st century world.
“Singapore used science and technology to move from a developing country to a developed country. China went from having a non-flow problem to being a world leader in science. These countries have thriving economies as a result. of the critical role that scientific and technological advances have played, ”Oparaugo said.
“What China and Singapore have achieved in less than 50 years, Africa can also achieve by using STEM education and CTI skills acquisition, especially if one takes into account the abundance of human capital and nature resilient of Africans, especially young people, ”he said.
GetBundi, Oparaugo said, currently hosts more than 1,008 hours of audiovisual content covering six years of high school work using the West African curriculum and covering subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, ICT, Data Processing, English Language, etc. also reviewing competitive exams, such as WAEC exams, for up to three years with monthly live question and answer sessions.
He stressed that GetBundi is not intended to replace the traditional method of teaching or physical secondary education, but as a complement that can be used as an aid to teachers, to support students’ lifelong learning in school and as a study guide for the outdoors. school students / home educators.
GetBundi is also working to include three years of JAMB, IELTS and TOEFL review classes, as well as science, technology and innovation skills in its upcoming product deployment, he said. STI skills would include video editing, digital marketing, graphic design and coding courses, and users who successfully complete a course and the tasks that accompany it would earn a diploma.
“Acquiring digital skills is a necessity for anyone in the 21st century, especially in Africa. STEM-focused remote jobs are in high demand and well paid, and with so many people willing to make the switch but don’t know where to start, GetBundi is the one-stop shop for you, ”he said.
The founder of GetBundi projected that the platform would support and improve the skills of 10 million Africans over the next 10 years by acquiring STEM and STI digital skills through a strategy labeled “The GetBundi Vision 2032”.
He urged the African Union and the continent’s regional economic organizations, such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), to introduce GetBundi’s vision.
Juliet Ijeh, coordinator of the GetBundi program, said the motivation of the project is to get STEM learning among as many young people as possible, regardless of their location, especially with the high level of insecurity across Africa that has making learning in schools more difficult.
“This product will make innovative learning attractive to young minds, so even after high school, some of them may decide to be entrepreneurial or engage in creative and productive activities,” he said. said Ijeh.