Best Projects 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Community STEM Center
Published on September 17, 2020 um 09:32
Type of Enterprise
Year the ngo or company was founded
Explain your project in details:
Students are fleeing from STEM education in Ghana (Hassan, 2016). It is well-known that Africa's long-term economic prospects are constrained by severe shortages of STEM jobs and careers. If Ghana does not start building capacity in STEM, any progress towards achieving sustainable and comprehensive growth will be severely impacted (Yusuf, 2018). But how can we break barriers and overcome educational challenges to provide quality and accessible STEM activities to youth? How can we train adults and provide them with the basic skills needed to improve their employability and enhance their career opportunities? Our proposed project is the solution. The community STEM Center will serve the people of the Anumle and West Legon Electoral Area. The Center will consist of four sections to meet the needs of youth and adults. Business Section: Will serve as a one-stop basic business solution center providing services such as web design, app design, videography, photography and so on. Career Training: Will provide basic computer training, training adults and women to use social media for marketing, accounting/bookkeeping, career training, web design, etc. Afterschool Program: Designed to spark the interest of children in STEM from the early stages of life. Digital Library: Will have computers and tablets to promote reading and encourage youth to use educational apps for STEM activities online. Strategic Objectives: Youth- Provide and improve interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) related activities for school-aged children. Increase grades and test scores in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). Adults- Promote workforce development and career enhancement opportunities. Offer basic computer skills training to improve employability. Social Enterprise- Generate program income to promote project sustainability. Expand STEM activities to other communities.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Due to COVID-19, over 12000 children in the Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly (ONMA) of Ghana have seen their academic work come to a total halt mainly because of lack of access to technology and literacy materials at home (ONMA, 2020). Ngorli has lessened this impact due to the four Information and Communications Technology (ICT) laboratories that we have established in the Anumle electoral area that serves eight basic schools with about 3000 children in total. Through our STEM program, we have been able to sustain the education of these children in Ghana ahead of other million children who are home due to the lack of this program in their community. We have anticipated the need for more STEM qualified professionals in Ghana and we are working on that to meet the demands of the country and so far, we are on course strategically. We will define success by collecting data (ex. pre-post surveys) that indicates the number of students that improved their interest in STEM related-activities and increased their grades and test scores in ICT for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) exams. In addition, we will collect data on the number of adults that have improved their career readiness and improved their employability in various STEM careers and job opportunities. Our project is innovative because there are no after school programs in the entire community that will provide a full range of activities that we propose. Our project should be chosen not only for equipping youth, but also for wanting to impact the lives of adults by providing them with skills they need to succeed.
Sustainability and future plans
Besides the Information and Communications Technology laboratories that we have built, Ngorli owns a property (1000 sqft) in Kissehman, Accra Ghana and a school property that was donated by the Mount of Holiness Church in West Legon, Accra-Ghana. This school property has nine classrooms and other facilities in which we would like to convert into a STEM center for the community. The project is self-sustainable because of the business solution center that will be used to generate revenue. It will serve as a one-stop basic business solution center providing services such as web design, app design, videography, photography, digital and online marketing, graphic design, digital drawing, sketching and so on. We will import jobs from all over the world through the use of the internet and our partners around the world. We will sustain this program beyond this grant period by including it in our Strategic Fundraising Plan, which includes securing funds from an Annual Campaign, Special Events, Planned Giving, and Corporate and Individual Donations, including Planned Giving that will fund an endowment. That endowment will fund this and other programs in perpetuity. We will repeat the business module from one community to the other till we can promote STEM education throughout Ghana. We will also share our business module with other nonprofit organizations in Africa and support them when the need be, and depending on the availability of resources.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am 37 years old, born in Ghana but raised in Ghana and the United States of America. I am proud US army veteran with civil affairs, nonprofit and computer science education and experience. I am the founder of the Ngorli Organization and through this effort, we have impact over 20,000 children since 2011. It is a moral imperative that we make this bold investment in the future of African communities hence my journey.
Community STEM Center
School building donated to us
One of our ICT laboratory