Gulfsands, in collaboration with Phoenix Space and Blumont, has launched the STEM Spark program at the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. The program aims to provide refugee children aged 10-14 with access to valuable Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, empowering them for a better future.
The refugee crisis has disrupted educational opportunities for millions of children, hindering their development of crucial skills essential in today’s technology-driven world.
Phoenix Space has developed the unique introduction to STEM course specifically tailored to address the challenges that refugee children face.
The STEM Spark program offers a holistic curriculum that introduces fundamental STEM concepts in an engaging and culturally sensitive manner. Key scientific and mathematical concepts such as algebra, geometry, Newtonian mechanics, programming, and space science are covered. The curriculum integrates hand-on learning opportunities that promote critical thinking, creativity, and innovation. Experienced mentors are also available to guide and support the children throughout their learning journey, creating a nurturing and collaborative learning environment.
Phoenix Space co-founder and CEO, Alevtina Nepomniachtchikh commented during the launch, “at Phoenix Space, we believe that education is a powerful tool for empowerment and social change. Today STEM competencies are not nice to have but essential in the context of Reskilling Revolution underpinned by rapid technological change. Investing in the enormous human capital of young refugees is a unique opportunity to include the most vulnerable members of our society in the global reskilling effort, equipping the young generation with tools to close the development gap and overcome inequality.”
Caroline Haddad, the Country Director of Blumont Jordan, expressed gratitude to Phoenix Space and Gulfsands for empowering Syrian refugees. She also acknowledged the continuous support of UNHCR. According to her, STEM education is a critical factor in enabling young people in the camp to enter the job market and enhance their employability. Haddad remarked that Blumont aims to equip the refugees with versatile skills acquired through a diverse range of educational activities, including academic and life skills development, sports, arts, and innovation education, and applying these to address various societal concerns presented by the community.
John Bell, the CEO of Gulfsands, expressed pride in supporting this important initiative saying that the initiative was “aiming to bridge the educational gap and provide these young minds with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in the modern world. Investing in their education, we hope to empower these children to become change-makers within their communities and beyond.”