The initiative was launched in December 2015 by Lucy Quist, as reigning CIMG Marketing Woman of the year, and in line with Airtel Ghana’s CSR activities focused on education, to provide a platform for volunteers to empower young people through regular monthly mentoring sessions.
Evolve with STEM also involves the reinvigoration of STEM Clubs, building capacity of Science, Mathematics and ICT teachers and teaching young people in selected schools basic computer coding and programming. The initiative is being piloted at the Mataheko Cluster of Schools comprising a total of six schools – from Primary to Junior High.
Jocelyn Dumas who was at the launch of the programme at the CIMG Presidential Ball in December 2015 signed up as one of the high profile volunteers to inspire the next generation of leaders through STEM.
In anticipation of her first mentoring session with pupils from the Cluster, Jocelyn said “I look forward to an exciting time with the children from the Mataheko Cluster of schools this Friday under the Evolve with STEM project spearheaded by Lucy Quist. STEM is critical to our development as a nation and I will be sharing my insights into how important these subjects are to every child irrespective of what career they choose to pursue in future. I am inspired by what Lucy and Airtel are doing to change mindsets and empower young people through this initiative and I am proud to be associated with Evolve with STEM”.
Lucy Quist said “we are excited to have Jocelyn as a volunteer for this initiative. Young people look up to notable personalities such as Jocelyn, and all the other volunteers who have signed up for this programme, for inspiration. Our objective with this programme is first and foremost to inspire young people to believe in their dreams, to believe that they have inherent in them the power of potential to achieve whatever they set their minds to. Together with all the volunteers we aim to unlock potentials and transform mindsets”.
Since its launch, more than 500 pupils have been impacted in the monthly mentoring sessions led by Airtel’s Managing Director Lucy Quist.