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Agency keen to empower JSS teachers, learners on STEM subjects

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The Centre for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) is conducting a STEM outreach program across the country to equip Junior School (JS) teachers and learners with knowledge and practical skills in the STEM learning areas. 

The agency encourages use of locally available materials in the learning of concepts in STEM subjects. Manipulating the learning resources enables the learners to be creative and imaginative hence acquiring skills needed in the 21st Century.

The school outreach covers Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects that include mathematics, integrated sciences ( biology, physics and chemistry) and pre- technical studies in Junior School.

CEMASTEA officials who were equipped with computers, laboratory equipment and other innovative materials engaged with learners in various schools in Garissa County. The aim was to inspire and equip them with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in STEM subjects.

Amina Sharbaidi, a CEMASTEA trainer said “CEMASTEA focuses on the STEM pathway because our intention as a country is to have 60 per cent of the learners transiting to the STEM pathway,”

“ For the attainment of the 60 percent transition to STEM pathway, there is a need to sensitise both the teachers and learners in terms of these subjects. We have brought activities and learning resources for the learners to interact with in order to arouse interest and curiosity to learn the STEM subjects,” she added.

Timothy Masanja, a teacher at Iftin Junior School said that from what he has learnt from CEMASTEA, he will be able to incorporate learner experiences with his knowledge in teaching to realize a maximum output.

“CEMASTEA has equipped us with practical skills. We have learnt new ways of tackling concepts in the STEM learning areas and in enhancing learner engagement. We shall explore new ways of involving learners in the learning process, “ he added.