Many African countries have failed in the area of education because of the high number of out-of-school and never-been-to-school children. Nigeria is among the many African countries plagued with this challenge with about 13 million out-of-school children.
According to research, by 2030, the majority of the jobs available will be STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) based. You may begin to wonder why? This is because the world has gone digital and new technologies are springing up daily. Also, technology companies are increasing and youths with STEM-based skills are needed to man more technical roles. Is Nigeria prepared for this? Are Nigerian students well equipped for the bright future ahead of them?
There is an urgent need to equip interested students with relevant STEM-based skills so that come 2030, we will have youths who are ready and well equipped to take on STEM-based jobs.
This is a wake-up call for STEM education to be increased in Nigeria and below are a few reasons:
STEM-based skills encourage children to learn real-life needs
Believe it or not, STEM-based skills encourage children to learn more and observe the real needs of the world and attempt to proffer solutions to such problems. It is more practical and helps kids who are passionate about science to pursue their careers and come up with ideas that can change the world.
Encourages critical thinking in children.
When kids are encouraged to pursue a career in STEM education, they become more knowledgeable and they get to critically think about how they can solve real-life problems with their knowledge.
Children are encouraged to think outside the box from a very tender age and work towards creating a solution when a problem has been identified.
Children can learn communication skills and teamwork
Science-based skills are very practical and encourage teamwork. Kids will be allowed to work together and this also boosts their communication skills.
Nigeria needs increased STEM education for a brighter future
All of the reasons listed above will give rise to a better tomorrow. Since most jobs that will be available in the future are STEM-based, it only means that the more STEM education the country has, the more employed youths we will have in the future.
The government can increase STEM education via the following but not limited to:
- Capacity building for teachers.
- Well-equipped laboratories and innovation hubs for practical sessions.
- A robust reward system for outstanding performance in STEM.
- Access to grants, funds, and mentoring programs for STEM startups amongst others.
We need a society with youths equipped with STEM education who are ready to take over the future.
In conclusion, with increased STEM education in Nigeria, the future is bright!