Ntomo Innovation Academy 2016

iNERDE’s Colonie de Vacances STEM was rechristened Ntomo Innovation Academy in 2016. The program is the same (though bigger and better). The mission is the same: to create opportunity for African youth through radical innovation in education. The name Ntomo Innovation Academy simply represents our program and mission better. Ntomo, in the Bambara language spoken in Mali, comes from African tradition. It’s the first level of initiation for boys and girls to higher knowledge. Innovation, of course, is the core of iNERDE’s program. STEM remains our strongest theme, the key to jobs and development in Africa, but iNERDE has always been focused on development of all capacities of African youth to enable them to be agents of change in their communities. African tradition, rooted in knowledge, discovery, self-affirmation, and service to the community combined with development of the skills needed to flourish in the modern world continue to be what defines iNERDE.

We have now run our program for its third year in Mali and second year in Senegal. This year saw a big new addition to our program, CodeNERDE, a second level program focused on robotics and programming for graduates of previous Colonie de Vacances STEM camps. Our first level program added many exciting new elements such as new material around DNA, the Internet, cryptography, and robots. We also put all our teacher training materials and curriculum on the internet-based Moodle platform, giving our new and returning teachers the most advanced tools possible to enable them to excel in the classroom.

Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter Week 1 – Teacher Training. Launch. TRANS4M theme.

Newsletter Week 2 – African Excellence Award. Senegal science extravaganza. Mali rises to meet challenges. Farewell Rayelle.

Newsletter Week 3 – Senegal Graduation. Field trips in Mali!

Newsletter Week 4 – Photo Essay. Nerdy Kids Geekin’

Newsletter Week 5 – Projects. Mali Graduation Ceremony. Mali’s First-Ever Hack-a-Thon. iNERDE continues to innovate.

Video Library 2016

CodeNERDE: Program Description and Interviews with Students and Parents (French and Bambara with Subtitles)
Interview with iNERDE Local Teacher Fadiala Coulibaly (French with Subtitles)
Interview with iNERDE Local Teacher and Assistant Director Boureïma Doumbo (French with Subtitles)
Interview with School Director Madame Sidibe Salimatou Dembelé (French with Subtitles)

iNERDE donors provided full scholarships to poor students from two public elementary schools in Mali. Madame Dembelé, Director of one these schools, Dianguina Coulibaly, talks about her school and her students.

Opening Ceremoney Ntomo Innovation Academy 2016 (French only but great soundtrack)
Television Coverage of Ntomo Innovation Academy in Mali (ORTM) (French only)