ExxonMobil, JA Africa Invest $300,000 to Empower African Youth in STEM Education

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In a bid to foster STEM education among African students, the ExxonMobil Foundation and JA Africa have announced the launch of the “ExxonMobil STEM Africa” initiative.

With a substantial investment of $300,000, the program aims to inspire approximately 3,000 students in Nigeria, Namibia, Angola, and Mozambique to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The initiative will provide middle and high school students with immersive quizzes and hands-on experiences at Innovation Camps, organized by JA Africa.

These camps will introduce innovative approaches to tackling STEM-related challenges, nurturing the problem-solving skills of the next generation of African leaders.

Alvin Abraham, President of the ExxonMobil Foundation, emphasized the importance of enhancing students’ STEM skills for the future. He expressed excitement about witnessing the practical application of knowledge by the young participants.

The program will culminate in a regional industry conference in Cape Town, South Africa, where teams presenting the most innovative STEM solutions will represent their respective countries.

The platform will not only offer students cross-cultural exposure but also enable them to interact with industry experts and gain insights into global energy perspectives.

Simi Nwogugu, President and CEO of JA Africa, highlighted the significance of Africa’s technological advancement in today’s global economy. She expressed gratitude to the ExxonMobil Foundation for their collaboration in nurturing STEM competencies that will shape the continent’s future.

As the philanthropic arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation in the US, the ExxonMobil Foundation focuses on supporting STEM education globally.

JA Africa, one of Africa’s leading youth-serving NGOs, delivers immersive learning experiences in various fields, including STEM, across 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, impacting over 900,000 youth annually.

Through initiatives like “ExxonMobil STEM Africa,” these organizations aim to empower African youth with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in a rapidly evolving technological landscape, ensuring a brighter future for the continent.

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