InspireIT Dilapidated Lab

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InspireIT Dilapidated Lab

NigeriaNigeria
Year Founded:
2014
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

InspireIT Dilapidated lab project aims to restore deteriorating science labs in Nigeria.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

"What if all science labs in Nigeria Secondary Schools were well equipped and help millions of young girls interested in sciences?"
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The deteriorating conditions of science labs in Nigeria and how these conditions affect young girls interested in pursuing careers in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Equip science labs to empower young girls interested in science with practical knowledge.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Nkechi is in senior secondary class 2 in a poor community secondary school. She comes from a poor background and struggles to pay her school fees as well as buy science textbooks. Most of her friends come from rich backgrounds and when they discuss, they always talk about the science practical they had in school and how interesting it is to 'physically see' what they read about in textbooks carried out in labs. Most of them are enthusiastic to further their careers in sciences but Nkechi is not sure of what to say because she only reads about practical from her textbooks which she even struggles to pay for. By upgrading her school science labs, Nkechi will be empowered with practical knowledge and not only what she reads from textbooks.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Nigeria is looking for innovators that can solve its problems but most of the underlying issues affecting the growth of innovators/thinkers/creators especially in STEM areas are yet to be addressed. One of the underlying issue which is rarely addressed is poor science labs in most secondary schools in Nigeria. A child in secondary school who graduates without practical knowledge of how science works will have a weak foundation in science generally.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Innovation: A country that lacks innovators will not move forward. Two years from now, I am hoping that half of the poor science secondary schools in Nigeria as a country would have been equipped and majority of the science students will have full access to these labs as well as fully empowered with practical knowledge and become great innovators. The project will be supervised from start to finish and every money spent will be accounted for.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

1. A team of financial experts will be set up to help with disbursing funds and ensuring financial sustainability. 2. Liaise with the education ministry and secondary school principals on how the initiative will be of benefit to schools and students from poor backgrounds.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are lots of scholarships from government, foundations and individuals to help students from poor backgrounds but the issue of poor science labs have not really been properly addressed by these bodies. Most of the schools in rural areas and poor communities are struggling to pay teachers and raise funds for school development, therefore, cannot afford to upgrade their science labs.
Team

Founding Story

I was the only woman in my class (Information Technology Management) during my Masters degree program in England. I did not really have any other female in the class to talk to or for support . Many women and young girls studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses are usually discouraged because of the ratio of men to women in each class and also lack of support from fellow women in STEM. It was the experience that made me start InspireIT and the dipidated lab project, to get mentors to encourage women and young girls interested in STEM.

Team

1. Adanna Ononiwu from Nigeria------Founder and CEO (A Master's degree graduate of Information Technology Management from Anglia Ruskin University, England) 2. Poh Ching from Singapore....................Deputy (An Educator from Singapore) More qualified people with interest and background in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics will be recruited either as volunteers or full-time workers in the future to help achieve the project's intended impact.
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