The primary purpose of the STEM Teacher/student Education for Primary Schools (STEPS) Program is to improve educational outcomes in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for primary school students. For the pilot phase of the STEPS program, we have partnered with Benin, Cameroon, and the Democratic Republic of Congo with the aim of making the curriculum available to primary school students and teachers worldwide.
By improving STEM and digital literacy for primary school teachers, students, and their families and communities, STEPS will create an equitable education system and a broader learning environment for growth and employment during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic in these three pilot countries. Through the implementation of the STEPS Program, NextGenU.org with its partners will engineer and study the effectiveness of a rigorously developed primary school STEM curriculum that is freely available, device-independent, and accessible both online and offline, in digital and printable versions.
STEPS envisions removing the barriers to quality primary school education for those marginalized by poverty, geography, language, and gender around the world. With the help of global partners, STEPS will provide age-sensitive and technology-appropriate primary school STEM education for grades 1 to 5. Developing customizable, interactive, and integrative math and science curricula supported by cutting-edge animation, STEPS will meet country needs, bridging their individually defined gaps in primary school teacher and student STEM education; STEPS will reimagine the design and delivery of education and integrated literacy, language learning, and the arts for all-round student development. The program offers “train-the-trainers” content for teachers to ensure the optimal delivery of the curriculum to achieve the desired educational outcomes.
This project is largely funded by a grant from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in collaboration with the Knowledge & Innovation Exchange (KIX) and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).