June 1, 2023

Sahara Group Foundation Launches STEAMers Programme 2.0 to Empower African Students with Problem-Solving Skills


Sahara Group Foundation, the corporate sustainability vehicle of the Sahara Group, has launched the
second edition of its Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) educational initiative,
called the Sahara STEAMers programme.
The 2 nd edition of the programme, which launched in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, is designed
to inspire, equip and empower young African students with the practical knowledge, skills and
innovative mindset required to proffer sustainable solutions to the communal and societal problems
affecting Africa.
The Sahara STEAMers programme was designed by Sahara Group Foundation, in partnership with
STEMCafe, a non-linear learning centre, to create an opportunity for young people to have access to
world-class maker labs, participate in a deep dive learning experience and get immersed in a practical
classroom that would inspire them to tackle prevalent challenges within their communities.
Participants of the programme will engage in a series of practical workshops, vision boarding exercises
and mentoring sessions involving STEMCafe trainers and Sahara foundation staff volunteers.
Speaking about the programme at the launch, Ejiro Gray, Director, Sustainability and Governance,
Sahara Group, stated that ‘’the Sahara STEAMers programme aligns with the Sahara Group commitment
to promoting sustainable development in Africa by helping to raise a new generation of social
innovators capable of accelerating Africa’s development’’.

Gray added that ‘’At Sahara Foundation, we believe in the potential that Africa’s young generation has in
shaping the continent’s development. And through STEAMers, we can help them tap into that potential
because they possess the ideas, creativity and great energy to generate widespread positive social
change in Africa’’.
Also, addressing the students at the launch, Bosun Tijani, Founder, STEMCafe, stated that ‘‘This
partnership has given us the opportunity to expose more young secondary school students across the
continent to STEAM education and its application towards solving real-life problems. Thus, helping us to
raise a new generation of changemakers across Africa”. Tijani challenged the students to take advantage
of this opportunity, as it has the capacity to set them on an inspiring and ambitious pathway.
The Sahara STEAMers programme, which was launched in 2022 saw Igbobi College, Yaba, Lagos, emerge
as the overall regional champions. While St Peter’s Naalya Secondary School, Uganda and Olympic High
School, Nairobi, Kenya emerged 2 nd and 3 rd respectively.
This year’s edition will feature eight (8) schools from Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.

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