The world is changing faster than ever. With rapid population growth, economic transformation and huge advances in technology, one big question stands out: are our future leaders being properly prepared for this era of change?
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, known as STEM, is critically important in enabling people to adapt to a rapidly changing world. Unfortunately, not enough young people are being motivated to pursue careers in these areas, and even fewer are being equipped with STEM skills such as problem solving or critical thinking.
That is why, in 2016, Shell launched NXplorers, a global education programme that introduces young people to the challenges of solving complex problems, equipping them with the tools and skills needed to create sustainable change.
STEM in the Caribbean
In May 2018, Shell Trinidad and Tobago hosted a STEM Education National Consultation event. The event brought together more than 200 students, parents, teachers and representatives from the local Ministry of Education to discuss and debate how to better integrate STEM subjects and skills into the local curriculum.
“STEM education is very important,” said Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education for Trinidad and Tobago. “Science, technology, engineering and maths infiltrate every aspect of our daily lives, and Trinidad and Tobago needs a STEM educated workforce to stay competitive,” he added.
The event also saw the launch of the first NXplorers workshop in the region. Attended by more than 40 educators, teachers and representatives from the Ministry of Education, it focused on helping participants develop key skills like problem solving and critical thinking that could be passed on to their students.