Welcome to What’s Nerde, the newletter of iNERDE, a social enterprise creating opportunity for African youth.
iNERDE is bringing Malian kids to Washington, DC!
We have big news from Mali. iNERDE is going to bring a Malian high school team to Washington, DC for an international competition in robotics. We’re selecting Mali’s most nerdy kids and are going to teach them everything they need to know to shine on a world stage. We are going to show the world that the youth of Mali have talent, an enormous appetite for knowledge, and passion for science and technology.
124 countries are participating in the robotics competition FIRST Global July 16-18. This event is the “Olympic Games” of modern education. FIRST has asked iNERDE to train Mali’s national team and to bring them to the US for the competition.
That’s not all. The Panafrican Robotics Competion PARC will be held May 11-13 in Dakar, Senegal and iNERDE will be there with middle school and high school teams.
We’ve worked hard to ensure that the teams selected will represent the entire country. We asked the government to officially sponsor this activity and we asked the organizations working to improve education and further economic development in Mali to join with us. Many have.
The government of Mali began broadcasting across the various medias the following announcement:
We are launching a communications campaign to inform and inspire Malians and the world with the efforts of Mali’s national youth robotics teams. We are looking for sponsors to help support the teams and to help us seize this unique opportunity to implant STEM education in schools throughout the country. For more information about team sponsorship, please contact our Chief Nerdy Development Officer, Michael Leventhal, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The preparation of the teams will last 10 weeks for middle school students and 5 whole months for high school students. Malian students can download information and the application (in French) here. If you are interested, act quickly! The completed application and supporting documents must be presented at the City of Children, Bamako on either the 11th of February or the 18 of February.
Since having created a permanent office and learning center in Bamako, iNERDE has been working hard to build partnerships with other organizations in Mali working to advance education, science, technology and economic development. We are very grateful to the FIRST Foundation for their recognition of our efforts. We now have the opportunity to offer our students an extraordinary experience that we know will change the course of their lives in wonderful ways. We also have the opportunity to offer to Mali an event that is going to inspire the country with accomplishments of their youth that most would have believed to be unattainable for Malians. We are also very grateful to you, our supporters and our friends, for having stood with us these last three years. We are where we are now thanks only to you.