The future of Ghana and other developing countries depends on current improvements in educational access, and a transformation of teaching and learning. Through The Exploratory, we seek to develop individuals with critical thinking skills who can identify key questions and come up with new solutions, as well as leaders and thinkers who also have a concern for the common good – local, regional, national and global. These engaged citizens, women and men, will make wise decisions jointly with the heart and mind, with experts and community, and create the future where everyone can be lifted up.
Public schools in many communities lack resources and professional development for hands-on science and engineering explorations. Inquiry workshops, science kits and a community learning hub facilitate understanding and creativity beyond the page, the classroom and the school.
One learns by doing a thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.
Research shows us that investment in women and girls is both the right thing to do and the smart thing to do. Currently, women in Africa are gravely underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies and careers, as well as in leadership positions, as young girls lack encouragement, opportunities and confidence. Since girls and women bring diverse ideas to the table, we seek to prepare them to become future leaders by nurturing their skills and habits of mind in STEM & design thinking at a young age.
Our trainings increase the quality of teaching by equipping teachers with new ideas on engaging students, through hands-on learning (materials) and effective teaching methods. Gender responsive training alert teachers to their personal bias against girls, so they will be more aware of their practice at school, and also become advocates in their community.
Education is not filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.