Airbus Foundation Youth Project Trains 1000 Nigerian Students

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Yemisi Izuora 

As   part   of   its   youth   development   programme   in   Africa launched in July 2017, the Airbus Foundation together with its partners The Little Engineer and STEM METS Resources have rolled out a series of Airbus Little Engineer workshops in Nigeria and trained more than 1,000 school students across the country. 

The goal of the programme is to encourage students to understand and embrace technology and   ignite   a   passion   that   could   grow   into   an   exciting   career   in   Science,   Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).   

To celebrate this milestone the partners invited distinguished guests to attend the Airbus Little Engineer A380 workshop organised for 30 students at the Methodist Girls’ High School in Lagos. 

The   four-hour   A380   workshop   saw   students   aged   between   13-15   years   focusing   on identifying various aircraft parts and enhancing understanding of both the manufacturing and assembling processes of the world’s largest passenger aircraft. 

The students also got an opportunity   to   build   an   A380   scale   model   from   scratch     from   initial   programing   to understanding full take-off functionality of the aircraft. 

Andrea Debbane, Executive Director of the Airbus Foundation, said: “Having already trained more than 1,000 students in such a short time is a remarkable achievement and I would like to thank STEM METS Resources for their dedication and efforts. Investments in education and training are essential in building an educated and skilled workforce. 

The goal of the Airbus   youth   development   program   is   to   support   the   countries’   efforts   in   creating   a sustainable pipeline of talent for Africa.”

Jadesola  Adedeji,  Founder   of  STEM  METS   Resources said:   “We are   very proud   of   our partnership with the Airbus Foundation, the Airbus Little Engineer program is such a unique learning   opportunity.  These   popular   workshops  are   designed   to   channel   students’ potential, encouraging them to use science, technology, and mathematics in an exciting and engaging, team work approach. It is also a great pride an achievement for me as a Nigerian.

We   want   nothing   more   than   for   children   in   Nigeria   to   have   access   to   innovative   and alternative   means   of   learning   using   and   also   creating   an   environment   where   STEM education will be embraced and enhanced in our society. 

Africa has the fastest-growing and most youthful population in the world, furthermore the continent   has   developed   an   ‘innovation’   culture   that   is   growing   fast   with   many   social entrepreneurs, local non-profit organizations and the Airbus Foundation wants to support and work with them. It is important that all stakeholders join efforts to facilitate access to STEM skills as the youth will be the driving force behind sustainable growth across the continent.

Since its launch in 2012, the Airbus Little Engineer programme successfully positioned itself as an effective vehicle for discovery-based learning, working to enlighten and empower youth in  the areas  of science  and technology  through  robotics  and aerospace. As of  now,  the programme has reached over 4,000 students.

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