So, Job built a programme called StanLab. The software places students in a virtual lab. They can fill a pipette with the click of a mouse or pour a solution with the drag of a cursor. This virtual lab is not only more affordable, but it saves teachers time, as it can be set up in just five minutes.
It allows students to keep iterating without the need to clean up or worry about costs for materials running experiments as many times they want. In other words, they can keep clicking until it clicks!
StanLab has already enabled free access to their Virtual 3D Science Laboratory platform to all students preparing for the West African Senior School Certificate Exam. As one of the Top Innovators from Deloitte’s WorldClass Education Challenge on UpLink, Job is working with Deloitte and has a goal of reaching 1 million students by 2030. Deloitte is helping to enable his vision by providing funding and pro bono services to support the expansion of StanLab to 10 new countries across Africa by 2023.
Scaling education solutions like Job’s is particularly urgent given Africa’s current population boom. The African continent’s youth population is projected to increase faster than any other region’s, growing by hundreds of millions over the next few decades. If these young people get the educational resources they need, they can help fuel Africa’s growth and development—and create opportunity for people across the continent.
This future will be built by people like Mercy, a young woman Job once met at a public secondary school in Lagos. Mercy once harboured a dream of being a nurse. But after science class became all theory and no practice, she decided maybe nursing wasn’t for her after all. Then, Job introduced her class to StanLab. The hands-on learning reinvigorated her love of science, and she decided to pursue higher education and go on to study medicine after all.
As Job puts it, “This is the story that we want not just in the life of Mercy, but in the millions of girls and boys that are like Mercy... We want to steer their interest in STEM education. We want them to believe in themselves that they can be the future scientists, the future doctors, the future engineers...