Elementary school enrollment
Elementary school attendance
1 out 6 students will drop out by the end of elementary school
Our interviews with partner schools directors clarified the existing issues in STEAM education in elementary schools in Senegal.
The promotion of literature and arts subjects over STEAM subjects for years has led to a systemic lack of scientific literacy in the country. Lack of STEAM teachers in Senegal was a common challenge cited by the school directors we interviewed. Additionally, they emphasized the lack of educational resources, even basic scientific instruments like microscopes, thermometers, and compasses.
As a result, currently, lessons taught at elementary schools are theoretical, making it difficult to engage students in scientific subjects. The consequence is that only 1.7 students out of 10 college students are enrolled in STEM related field.
“Kids usually say that they can’t do science in the future because it is too hard for them. I believe they have a problem understanding what it is because of lack of information”
— Mr. Samb, Director of El Hadji Mbaye Diop Elementary School
— Mr. Keita, Director of Mamadou Diagne Elementary School
—Mr. Coly, Director of Les Mamelles Elementary School
We design curricula to develop a base for critical thinking and scientific exploration. We also train our volunteers to make education more fun and interactive by providing hands-on activities and educational resources for our partner learning facilities (schools, libraries, learning centers, etc).
Our trainings are an opportunity to reflect on the importance of doing STEAM education in a practical and culturally relevant matter using local languages and also by adding meaningful contributions by Africans. We train STEM educators that are leaders in the community to disseminate STEM knowledge in a matter that is affordable, accessible, and will make learners eager to explore their scientific heritage.
CURRICULUM DESIGN : TOPIC SPECIFIC PEDAGOGY
We collaboratively design curricula that fit the needs of our communities. We do topic-specific pedagogy. We start with a topic/project and we guide students to develop the interdisciplinary skills needed to achieve that project. We also bring professionals/entrepreneurs in those disciplines to assist and talk to our students about their work.
An Example of of a SeeSD Curriculum
Kër Science introduces students to fundamental concepts of engineering in the context of construction and technological development via direct implementation of the scientific method. It shows how various STEM fields may be combined to create new inventions which are safe and modern by allowing students to engage their creativity. Students are also encouraged to reinvent Senegalese housing in the context of climate change by emphasizing the importance of energy efficiency and sustainable practices.
DRAWING : ART
CONCEPTUALIZE WITH LEGOS : ENGINEERING
MEASUREMENTS : MATHEMATICS
GUEST ENTREPRENEUR : ARCHITECTURE
BUILD PROTOTYPE ON CARDBOARD : CIVIL ENGINEERING
BUILD PROTOTYPE USING WOOD : CARPENTRY
GUEST ENTREPRENEUR : CARPENTRY
ELECTRIFY THE HOUSE : ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
GUEST ENTREPRENEUR : IOT PROFESSIONAL
DESIGN THE FURNITURES : ART
Do you have what it takes to teach STEAM education in Senegal? Can you speak Wolof, French or any other local language? Are you interested in developing/sharing STEAM curricula on a global scale? Wherever you are, please join us..