Thirteen Nova Pioneer teachers and staff are set to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to try to raise $96,000 (R1,25 million). The money will be used to launch STEM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) for Nova Pioneer students.
Named the Kilimanjaro 4 The Kids (K4TK) initiative, Nova Pioneer has said it hopes to build on its existing commitment to focusing on 21st-Century skills by launching innovative new programmes in the crucial STEM fields.
“Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro symbolizes the heights to which Nova Pioneer is committed to supporting our students to ascend. I also love the messaging it sends to our students around High Expectations, which is one of Nova Pioneer’s six culture principles,” said Chinezi Chijioke, CEO at Nova Pioneer.
Nova Pioneer’s STEM vision is to launch innovative spaces where students and teachers can gather to invent, collaborate, and learn -- providing hands-on learning experiences and building STEM-related skills that will empower ‘Novaneers’ to shape the future. Funds raised through K4TK will help activate this vision by investing in curriculum/equipment, teacher training, and student opportunities.
“It’s all about creating an environment and providing the support that enables young minds to develop their natural sense of innovation. We believe this exciting journey our teachers and staff are embarking on will meaningfully advance the education of our students,” concluded Chijioke.