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A variety of causes have contributed to the current system’s dynamic, which is preventing the educational sector from transitioning to a more inclusive, thriving and inventive system. And the downstream effects bears some concern – With a population of over 210 million people and a median age of 18 years, Nigeria’s educational industry (both private and public) is still grappling with boosting literacy levels at all levels of educational institutions. In a country with one of the world’s fastest-growing populations, where two out of every three children lack access to early childhood education, only 6% of households with children have at least three books, 13.2 million out-of-school children (the world’s highest), 51 percent of children engage in child labor, and only 49% of children complete secondary school, It becomes a matter of concern to promote the construction of suitable infrastructures as well as the establishment of service providers to provide for these marginalized populations, in order to avoid a scenario in which the work force is mostly crippled and social and economic productivity continues to fall.
Also, the global trend on sustainability and climate change, which has rarely been seen in Nigeria and Africa, is mostly due to growing knowledge gaps on the subject, and therefore being a region confronted with some of the most significant material repercussions of climate change, It is critical to develop a roadmap for improved involvement among all people, regardless of their location, age, background, or creed, in order to gather substantial knowledge on how to affect systemic change in their specific spaces.
Education in Nigeria and Africa has been a consistent case of an uphill battle – struggling to holds its ground amidst several downturns such as poorly experienced teachers, delivery lags (as witnessed during Covid-19), lack of access to financial credits for parents, poor adaptive mechanism to remote learning and so on.
At Inqumax, where sustainability and impact are highly prioritised, we believe quality education across all levels, are the bedrocks towards creating socio-economic developments, and in the process, help breed the next generation of individuals who are well equipped to take on the world in inventive, innovative, and collaborative ways.
Given the current and imminent climate-related material threats that Nigeria and the entire African continent face, such as droughts, heat waves, and floods, which threaten all forms of economic and environmental activities (read this manifesto). The emphasis shifts to the dissemination of coherent climate change information to all relevant stakeholder groups in order to empower all people with the knowledge they need to take on individual and/or shared initiatives on mitigation and adaptation measures to make our region as thriving and resilient as possible. As a result, using Africa’s $3 trillion GDP to get into the developing green economy, which is expected to reach $8 trillion by 2030, would be a great position to be in.
- The problem statements are centred around 2 themes, namely;
1.Infant Illiteracy Level,
2.Illiteracy level across all levels of institution and
3.Broad Knowledge Gap on Climate Change.
-Lack of affordable educational infrastructures to serve rural populations, -An outdated, less-streamlined educational curriculum that fails to adequately prepare students for the future of work, entrepreneurship and industry 4.0, -physical teaching model for tertiary learning institutions, –
We are looking for entrepreneurs, students and student groups, and cross-departmental alliances to provide technology-enabled solutions to the following agricultural thematic focus;
- Affordable and decentralised learning platforms for the rural population and low-income earners
- Revised learning curriculums for various levels of educational institution
- Learning materials and platforms on climate change
- Opportunity/Perks – Participants stands the chance to be incubated for a finite period at Inqumax where the following services will be provided;
- Standard 3 months InquMax incubation and lifetime support
- Team development,
- Product/Service development,
- Business development,
- Market development,
- Legal support
- Strategic partnerships and
- Access to funding.