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Binta Moustapha

#Nigeria
#ScienceEducation
#STEMEducation

Where are you from?

Nigeria

Currently Based in Niger.

What is your educational background?

Science Education

What is your current occupation?

SDGs + Agenda 2030 Teacher+ Educator; Women in TECH; Environmentalist, Youth Entrepreneurship And Self Employment Initiatives Entrepreneur

What or who got you into STEM?

Upon emerging as one of the top students from the Junior Secondary/High School Examinations, I was shortlisted for the Science Class and the rest is history as people say.

What is the biggest challenge/barrier you have faced as an African in STEM?

Sincerely yours, wouldn’t say there really were physical barriers except for those of the mindsets and rethinking the culture of everydayness regarding teaching STEM in Africa to reflect local realities.

How do you think your background/upbringing has been beneficial in your journey/career?

Amazing! Although my Senior Secondary School science laboratories were more than averagely equipped in comparison to neighboring schools, improvisation, which is a key part of the teaching of STEM/STEAM, was a key take away.

How do you think we can start to change the narrative surrounding African contributions
to global STEM research & careers?

There is so much knowledge and experience embedded in indigenous languages spoken around the world and especially on the African continent which if explored in the research, teaching and learning of STEM/ STEAM would make beautiful additions to the body of the school systems.

What advice would you like to give to young, aspiring Africans in STEM?

Follow your dreams; think in and out of the box! Practice the scientific method in your daily approach towards addressing issues and challenges life throws our way. Enjoy learning for the sake of learning rather than the mere acquisition of certifications/certificates.

Do you have any projects you’re working on that you would like us to highlight?

Absolutely, yes! I am involved in #TeachSDGs via the Innovative Labs School modelled after the #ProjectKakuma and Jane Goodall Root and Shoot Curriculum. In addition, I am currently working on exploring the Technology of indigenous languages spoken around the West African sub region, which would ultimately translate into the development of Business Education Modules for promoting Youth Entrepreneurship in Education Science and Technology fields of human endeavour.

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