The AU prize helps to expand
Beyond the validation that winning AU Innovation Expo prize has brought, it has also broadened the acceptance of my innovation within Africa and has opened doors to other African countries.
The prize has helped us expand our operations, increasing our production capacity from 250 sets a month to 1,000 sets a month by hiring more people (from 9 to 16 part time and permanent staff), increasing our machinery and production space. For instance, the award has given us the capacity to change the product packaging, making it handier for students. We have also built stronger relationship and capacity with some of our local suppliers. For instance our bag supplier currently operates within our space, helping us monitor his production.
Leveraging the exposure brought through the AU Innovation Expo prize, I hope that in the next 12 months 1 million science sets will be in the hands of students in Ghana and in other African countries.
I want to build a strong business that will employ a lot more young people in Africa. I also want to explore and establish strong connections with the educational systems in other African countries.
Eventually, I hope to provide every student with hands-on science, to help build their creative capacity, increase their interest in science and equip them with the skills they need to create tomorrow’s technology, for their benefit and the benefit of their community and the African continent.
The AU Expo prize as a springboard to creating a new education for Africa
I believe that AU Expo offers a great opportunity for innovations to be seen by those who matter in education in Africa. It provides credible validation for our innovations. I advise other young innovators to “just do it” and participate. It is a good experience and can change their fortunes for their good.
A new system of education is on the horizon. It will be decentralized, personalized, focused on creativity, innovation and problem solving.
Africa can lead this coming education revolution if we invest in education innovation and involve young people, most of whom are already experiencing this new form of learning.
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