About the 2022 – 2021 Summit Series: STREAM and SEL series
This summit, “Reversing the decline in the quality of education, and its impact on other countries” is presented by Bridge Africa Foundation (BAF). It is an event that brings together educators, students, investors in the educational sector to discuss how the quality in education can be revived through an apt program that includes STEM, which we call STREAM in our organization, having added reading and art. This online event combines thoughts of educationists, students, professionals, and even professors from different parts of the world to create an educational, fun-filled, and inspirational experience you won’t want to miss.
The reversal of the decline in the quality of education summit will take place on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, hosted virtually from our office in Ohio, USA, at 10 a.m. EST. Everyone is welcome to attend.
This event connects education with industry and diverse communities, locally, nationally and internationally to tackle workable solutions to boost quality learning. Bridge Africa Foundation through this summit is executing its mission to enhance quality in social and academic education for children and youths in Africa. We believe every child should have access to a basic quality education. An education that can set children up with life skills, elevate them out of poverty, by making them more employable.
What to expect
Enjoy inspirational discussions with educationists, professors’ organizations, students, professionals, and professors from different parts
STREAM AND SEL cannot be discussed in a single summit.
We will kick off the series with “Science” – You will meet with scientists, and educators, individual and organizations who can share their experience of science.
Gain feedback from students on their experience of learning in science. Meet with organizations and individual advocating STEM
Learn about STEM activities and events globally.
Together we will explore aspects of science and reimagine science in the African classroom.
Who should attend?
1. All educators and philanthropists seeking to impact the social aspect and quality of
2. Any stakeholder, (members of the local, national or global community, organizations and influencers) passionate about quality education and/ or has the capacity to impact change in the quality of education delivered.
3. Individuals or students (past or present) in African schools, or with an interest in education, or teaching in Africa global schools with a desire to advance their science, technology, reading, engineering, or math studies in school and beyond.
4. We want to hear from those constantly trying to build or boost quality in education with connected schools or college communities and who have succeeded, or have an experience to share.
On May 18th we will be discussing the “S” in STREAM.
STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math.
Science in education does not often get the attention it deserves in African schools.
Over the years some curriculums have suffered more damage done to their science education, because of a lack of resources.
The focus has moved away form – Let us target student thinking and learning needs to a design of suitable and practical tasks. In this way you find science has become a list of accepted facts, when in fact it should be a process.
When we look at 3 teaching methodologies in other countries like, USA, United Kingdom, and Finland. There are differences, and innovations which we should take note of, and methodologies that would guide us in asking the right questions. In conclusion, if we could make one change, and take initiative steps to improve science education in Africa, what would they be?
BAF’s approach is to talk about the little steps to be taken, in the short term, as we focus on solutions that can be implemented in the short term to impact the education of children and youths.
However, it would be ignorant to overlook the solutions that can be available in the long term. We all know a long term soon enough, becomes a short term.
We are pleased to present our affordable sponsorship levels and opportunities for your consideration.
Each sponsorship level gives your organization recognition as a key supporter, and to engage more deeply in our strategic opportunities.
We ask that you consider increasing your financial commitment, if you are able to help us reach more lives and grow with our outreach. Please feel free to ask us for a breakdown of how far your donation or sponsorship can go if you wish to make a larger commitment.
Similarly, we would be delighted to customize the opportunities below in a way that best meets your organization’s strategy and activities.
GOLD – $5000 AND ABOVE
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* Support recognized on social media links till end of summit series
* Verbal recognition at opening and closing keynotes for all summit series
* Name and URL in post event promotional email
* Free 12 months in AQIEN our educational membership website
* Present an improvement topic of your choice on science
SILVER – $2500 AND ABOVE
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* Verbal recognition at opening keynote for two summit series
Funlayo Buraimoh is a Clinical Project Manager and devotes 90 percent of her practice to managing the day-to-day operations of clinical trials of healthcare drugs, vaccines and medical devices for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. She is an accomplished Clinical Research Professional with over 13years of experience in Health Research., of which 4years was dedicated to lecturing Medical Biochemistry at the University level to medical students. Her most recent activities include global project management of Covid-19 nasal drop trials as well as an Ophthalmology device trial.
Funlayo is also the Founder of Nigerians in Clinical Research & Pharmaceuticals (NiCRPCa), a community focused on empowering Nigerians to be well suited for the pharmaceutical space in Canada. She strongly advocates for mentoring, education as well as community development. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, is interested in contemporary music and is learning to run Marathons.
EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Health Equity. University of Florida, 2021 Certified Scrum Master (CSM®). Scrum Alliance, 2020 Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP®). Association of Clinical Research Professionals. 2019 Master of Science (MSc.) Biotechnology. University of Hertfordshire, UK, 2005 Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Biochemistry. University of Lagos, Nigeria, 2002.
Dr. Jalaal A. Hayes
Chemist, Educator, and Entrepreneur
A native North Philadelphia, Dr. Jalaal Hayes graduated high school at 15 years old (2008); graduated Lincoln University of PA at 18 (2011) with dual degrees in General Science and History; and in 2015 became the youngest ever Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry in America from Delaware State University at the age of 22.
Shortly after, Dr. Hayes accepted an appointment as an educator in Philadelphia to advance his personal mission on making science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) simple through teaching. He also founded a company, Elyte Universal Network that further enhances his life as a chemist and educator.
In 2017, he was granted the U.S. patent from his graduate studies; authored two books; and gave a TEDx talk entitled, The Chemistry of Community Building.
In December 2018, Dr. Hayes was noted as the Top Influential Chemist of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals for his contributions in STEM education and innovation.
In July 2020, he spoke at the third annual Educator Summit at Course Hero, an education content corporation valued at $1.1B in Silicon Valley.
In June 2021, Dr. Hayes released a documentary entitled, “Exploding Dreams: A STEAM Story” which highlights his overall educational journey.
Oliver Nwofia PhD, MBA is an operational excellence professional and change agent supporting diverse industries, globally. Oliver obtained his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria before pursuing several graduate degrees including a PhD in Industrial Engineering at the University of Houston, TX and an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, IL. Oliver currently works as an executive with expertise driving continuous improvement efforts in different industries including a stint as the Chief Operating Officer for a mid-size medical practice specializing in pain and spine medicine. Oliver also spent several months volunteering as a due diligence advisor for a non-profit social impact organization whose interest is in funding healthcare ideators serving under-privileged communities in Africa and India. Oliver’s professional interest is in the area of clinical operations – with focus on optimizing efficiency and improving the patient experience. This led him to pursue a master’s degree in Clinical Service Operations at Harvard Medical School.
Professor Margaret Adebisi Sowunmi
A remarkable retired professor of Palynology & Environmental Archaeology with intellectual prowess, who served the University of Ibadan, (UI), Nigeria for decades. Her contributions continue at 80 plus years. She recently led the production and received the patent for oil palm pollen, food supplements rich in vitamins.
She is wife of the late Math Professor, Segun Sowunmi who served over 20 years in UI. The accomplishments, books and awards for both are too numerous to mention.
She studied for a BSc in Special Botany in the Department of Botany, at University College Ibadan, graduating in 1962. She received a postgraduate scholarship in 1963 to undertake Phd research in palynology. In order to undertake research in palynology, Sowunmi travelled to Sweden to study with Gunnar Erdtman, the father of modern palynology — the study of pollen grains in archaeology. She earned her PhD in botany from the University of Ibadan in 1967.
she established the Nigerian University Palynology Laboratory. Throughout her career Sowunmi held various visiting positions, including in the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and the Departments of African Archaeology and African Archaeobotany, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität. During the course of her career she supervised seven PhD students, and is noted for being an inspirational teacher, She has worked on gender issues in archaeology in Nigeria, including modifying androcentric course titles.
She is founder and president of the Palynological Association of Nigeria, and president of the West African Archaeological Association. She retired in 2004.
Dr Mrs Ajayi
Principal of University of Lagos staff School, Nigeria
Dr Ajayi is the current Principal of University of Lagos Staff School in Yaba, Lagos. Staff school has been in existence since the 1960’s. Dr Ajayi currently presides as a strong leader and guide for teachers and over 1000 pupils.
Dr (Mrs) Adesimi Ajayi attended St. Peters’ Teachers’ Training College, Akure where she obtained a distinction in Mathematics (Arithmetic Processes). She also obtained a National Certificate in Education in Home Economics at the Ondo State College of Education, Ikere- Ekiti. She holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees all in Adult Education from the University of Lagos. An educationist with a career spanning over three decades, she has taught in both primary and secondary schools across Southwest Nigeria. Prior to her role as Head of School, she had worked in the same school as a teacher and midwifed the early education of hundreds of pupils including her own children. She regularly facilitates workshop for teachers and actively mentors aspiring teachers. She is the author of Everyday Mathematics Workbook for Primary School Books One to Six (six modules). A devout Christian, she is happily married with four adult children.
Educator and Regional Chair of the Gambia Teachers Union, (GTU)
Ebrima is a highly experienced teacher and Regional Chair for the GTU. GTU is a collaboration partner of Bridge Africa. GTU was created in 1937 for the welfare of teachers and to protect and advocate for their training, promotion. Ebrima has been active in promoting good relations in schools and joined in the work to end school related gender based violence, where union form East, West and South Africa joined hands for this campaign. Ebrima has been active in working together our educational programs, including our recently launched reading programs. There are over 10,000 teachers affiliated with the GTU, with the General secretary Marie Antionette Corr.
Dr Rufikat Ajoke Ijaya
Dr Ijaya has actively delivered programs and spear headed development initiatives for Universities Engagements, and Science and Innovation for the UK Government . She has also been a lead in supervising programs that underpinned standards, innovations and regulations delivered by the National Scientific Labs, and skillfully covered other sectors including aerospace, biotechnology, and renewable energy. She is also daughter to the owner of Ajoke School in Ilorin, Nigeria. A leading elementary school that has been in existence for over two decades, and a collaboration partner of Bridge Africa.
Director and Head of Welicar School, Kenya
Elisha is founder of Welicar a school, a collaboration partner for Bridge Africa, with 300 plus children, a Elisha leads kids from the slums to a promising and excellent future.
In 2006 the vision to provide a non fee paying education for the most destitute children in Kibera was conceived by Elisha Ooga and his supporters who shared the same struggle of growing up in Kibera Slums as he fully understood the disadvantages that the children of Kibera face every single day of their lives.
The vision to provide education for these destitute children developed during their time spent visiting the homes of Kibera residents to provide words of comfort and to preach the word of God. It was during this time that it became apparent to the Director of the school, Elisha Ooga that hundreds of children were being forced to take to the streets and were being led into dangerous and unhealthy pursuits in order to put a little food and water into their stomachs. They felt a strong obligation to give these desperately destitute children some hope of achieving a decent future for themselves outside of the otherwise inevitable constraints of total poverty. https://www.welicareducationalcentre.org
FizziQ - Connect your students to science
FizziQ – Connect your students to science
As a science educator, you would like students to conduct experimental work to complement theoretical teaching ? You lack access to a lab or functioning scientific apparatus to do practical work? The classes are too large to conduct Inquiry based Science Education? You see no alternative to descriptive experimentation or video sharing? Try FizziQ!
Smartphones, present in most students pocket, contain a large number of sensors that provide a wealth of data, usable for scientific experimentation. The free app FizziQ collects and organises these data to turn any smartphone into a precise scientific instrument to conduct real experimentation in a most of scientific fields : physics, life and earth science, chemistry, mathematics, but also to study sports, arts, music, …
FizziQ is available in Android and iOS stores, and does not require the sharing of personal data. Developed in partnership with the Fondation La main à la pâte, recognized worldwide for its work on science pedagogy, FizziQ benefits from a wealth of practical ressources developed the institution, available for free to teachers and suitable for class teaching.
FizziQ is used by thousands of teachers accros the world to conduct experimentation on sound, light, movement, color, magnetism with their students. It is a real and affordable solution for science experimentation in class, at home or on the field.
International Partnerships Director
Committee for Children
LEADING THE SEL REVOLUTION
Founded in 1979, Committee for Children is a global nonprofit whose work is at the forefront of an irrepressible movement. A leader in the field, we champion the safety and well-being of kids through social-emotional learning (SEL) to fulfill our vision of safe children thriving in a just and peaceful world.
Director of Global Partnerships
SciTech Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing and promoting STEM education. The team at SciTech Institute works to achieve this through some of the strongest STEM initiatives in Arizona and beyond, including the Chief Science Officers Program. The program team trains and mentors 6-12th graders to serve as liaisons for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math on their school campuses and communities, especially during the Arizona SciTech Festival season.