Students from participating schools in North America (Canada) of a grade range are paired with students of a similar grade range in Africa (Nigeria) with a goal to work together to develop innovative ideas and projects that can solve sustainability issues affecting both continents. Their main interaction will be via the EKCEP portal. The portal is the gateway to the program, and it consists of series of engaging learning strategies that participants – Teachers and Students will have to complete to achieve the EKCEP objectives.
The EKCEP Pilot
The first EKCEP was piloted in 2017 with participation from 2 student groups from 2 countries. Both groups were successful in collaborating, and the partnership allowed for realizing the objectives set at the beginning of the program. Participating schools and their teachers were Morning Star Middle School Mississauga, teachers were Kiran Pothula, and Khristophe Hart and S Tee International School, Lagos Nigeria, teachers were Lanre Akinola and Mrs. Uzumma. Program partners were Rotary Club of Mississauga – Airport and Helene Burrowes. S Tee International School built an Aquaponic Food System in their school, which currently feeds the students that live in the school. It also used for educational purposes as part of their science and agriculture curriculum. An Aquaponic food system is a resilient agricultural practice that combines fish farming with the growing of vegetables in water. A report from the Nigerian school can be read at https://www.environfocus.com/environbuzz/s-tee-international-secondary-school-status-update-ekcep/
- At the end of the program, certificates will be awarded to participating students, and we will showcase their projects/innovations internationally.
- We will promote opportunities to establish new friendships to connect and learn about Canada and its people and vice versa.
- Students will learn research and problem-solving abilities.
- This experiential education will prepare them for an entrepreneurial path as an option.
- Projects carried out by students will be solving the sustainability problems of the present and the future. They will be doing their part to reduce our negative environmental and social impact on our world.
- The participating school will be encouraging self-learning among their students.
- This international program will provide the participating school and their students with international exposure and recognition.