Nigeria’s Co-Creation Hub (CcHub), through its ed-tech practice re:learn, has partnered seven European and African countries to improve students’ participation in STEM subjects across Africa.
It has now partnered with Go-Lab Goes Africa, a European Commission-funded collaborative project under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Funding Scheme. GO-GA’s purpose is to accelerate the adoption of richer learning environments and improved learning outcomes in science and technology.
It is a portal with carefully curated and tested content on science and technology for secondary schools supported by a strong community of teachers, instructors and online laboratories, and will be implemented by a consortium of European and African partners in technology, education and teacher training networks across Africa.
“Despite the growing availability of technology resources in schools, there remains a disconnect between resources available and impact achieved, with reviews generally showing that input-based policies on their own are largely ineffective in increasing learning outcomes in the absence of complementary initiatives to improve accountability or pedagogy,” said ‘Bosun Tijani, chief executive officer (CEO) of CcHub.
“This can be linked to a lack of appropriate and engaging content to stimulate learning in STEM subjects, as well as appropriate know-how on the part of teachers. It is therefore important that we shift focus of our education systems from primarily input-based policy towards policies that focus on learning outcomes and this is what has got us excited about GO-GA.”
The project will begin in January, addressing these challenges by adapting the Go-Lab ecosystem in schools across Africa. By adapting and localising the existing Go-Lab portal, GO-GA will make available rich and engaging STEM content for students in secondary schools.
This will be achieved by building on teacher communities, via the GO-GA inquiry spaces, further equipping teachers to deliver top-quality, engaging STEM education.