SBH Learning Academy is a subset of the SBH ecosystem which is focused on creating the next generation of innovators and creative minds. We work with technology companies, incubators, software developers, and expert trainers to help launch various initiatives that contribute to national and global economic growth. We run various programs all year round designed to help young children from as little as age 6, to sharpen their innovative minds through an introduction to coding and programming, to young adults who are on their way to becoming tech-preneurs in a competitive market.
The application of digital tools as core support for teachers and students is rapidly becoming mainstream due to the uncertainty caused by the covid-19 pandemic, widening the gap between children in private and public schools. However, the deployment of digital technologies and the development of competencies have to go hand in hand with the curriculum enhancement to ensure the teachers and students are compliant with an approved and updated learning curriculum across all subjects in Primary and Secondary schools.
STEAM Fair is an event organized for different secondary schools across Nigeria to showcase various STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) related projects. This type of event contributes towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 which is to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”; as well as increase STEAM literacy for all students including those who do not pursue related careers, understanding that personal and societal decisions in the 21st century increasingly require scientific and technological understanding.
Code Fest is designed to be a platform for cultivating a passion for coding in kids from as early as age 5. The coding session runs for 2-weeks and is characterized by its interactiveness and hand-on learning program where the participants are exposed to mobile application development skills. This program aims to stimulate the child’s interest in technology and expose the child to the reality of the interconnectivity between technology and everyday actions. The young boys and girls are exposed to mobile applications and game development skills, however, the game development application was more popular given the age of the participants and there were a number of games developed by the end of the program.
Code Camp is an ICT boot camp hosted by StoneBricks Hub in collaboration with other Hubs and innovation centers. Through this camp, about 100 youths are trained on Full Stack Application Development over 3 months. After which participants will develop some specific products.
Three of such Products that have emerged are LaunchBox: an educational resource application that can be customized for any school Kendra Messaging APP: Video, Audio, and Text Messaging system that can be used to communicate within any organization without connecting to the internet. Laundry Express: Laundry Management System for Laundry Firms.
EDUCATIONAL ICT PROGRAMME
Our ICT programme is aimed at teaching 100 female students selected from public schools from each of the local government areas of the state. A 3-week training programme includes technology and nontechnology courses. The programme is geared towards addressing the widening gender divide in ICT in the state; one of which is the agging-off a one (1) month ICT Summer Camp Initiative. Over 100 participants (girls) are selected from 25 secondary schools across the state as beneficiaries of this initiative. The objective of this scheme among other things to inspire, identify and encourage the girl-child in technological innovations and ICT small startups through computer appreciation, graphics designing using Corel-draw, scratch programming, game design with Kodu GameLab.