HELPING YOUTH PROGRESS IN EDUCATION
Helping Youth Progress in Education - HYPE - pilots an innovative hybrid multi-media learning model to support students in Suriname’s secondary education system. This pilot focusses on grade 9 students and the subject Math from the Public Schools curriculum. With the introduction of engaging videos on Math 'problem topics', students receive an additional source of support in their learning.
Hype also introduces Gamification within education with the launch of a Math game for 9th graders. The game features are determined through collected data on student interest, general device accessibility/capacity and link to Math learning objectives.
Additionally HYPE will boost student learning, build self-esteem, and reignite interest in their educational journey through the introduction of 3 types of Learning Clubs that help develop essential skills.
Foundation Young Help Suriname is the project lead with video production and implementation of one of the Learning Clubs subcontracted to the Back Lot Foundation. The project is supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture’s (MOESC) and the Innovation Laboratory of the IDB.
GAMIFICATION in EDUCATION
20 Math videos on
Grade 9 Problem Topics
MATH game for 9th graders to help you learn math in a fun way !
HYPE LEARNING CLUBS
HYPE will pilot three types of Learning Clubs: STEM Club, Entrepreneurship Club and Youth leadership Club. The Clubs aim to trigger science, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills development for high school students aged 15-18. They are designed as engaging and fun programs under (peer and senior) mentorship/coaching.
The STEM Learning club program is based on Young Help Suriname's (YHS) existing program on STEM/ Robotics (successfully implemented since 2017) and YHS's Entrepreneurship Program (since 2016), both currently offered on limited scale. The clubs have proven to re-energize participants’ interest in learning, and support development of 21st Century Skills, with a focus on creativity, collaboration, teamwork, problem-solving and communication.
The Youth Leadership Program is based on the Debate Club/ Youth Leadership programs offered by The Back Lot Foundation (TBL). They focus on building communication skills, debate, advocacy and critical thinking, centered on national, regional, and global development challenges.
The Learning Clubs pilot program will target a minimum of 400 youth aged 15-18 in at least three high schools in Suriname and will be offered as an extracurricular activity.
STEM Learning CLUB
The For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Global Robotics Challenge is part of the HYPE STEM club and was launched with a virtual kick-off off event on July 4th 2022 with 21 participants.
The students went through a phase of learning to work in teams, brushed up on presentation/communication skills, were introduced to design-thinking, problem-solving using PDCA cycle and FAIL faster approach, applying technology for effective communications (practising locally and with 2 foreign teams), practiced time-management, deadlined handling and preparing for an in-house Challenge (written test, verbal group test and practical application test - operating a self designed, assembled and programmed rover type robot.
Student Mentors were also part of community outreach activities and practiced their presentation skills at Redi Doti and Bersaba while growing awareness for STEM/Robotics through interactive sessions including robot demonstrations. They also participated in a 'Inspiration' session with NASA/JPL Lab's (Rover) Robots Space Missions Lead, mrs. Cox.
SESSIONS WITH NASA's Robotics Space Missions Manager Nagin Cox
MENTORS ON A MISSION TO INSPIRE - PRESENTATIONS SKILLS
Representing Suriname in Geneva
FIRST GLOBAL CHALLENGE - SWITSERLAND 2022
ROBOTISC TEAM SURINAME
YOUTH LEADERSHIP LEARNING Club
The Youth Leadership Club is developed and facilitated by the Back Lot Foundation and consists of 4 modules: Basic life skills, Creativity, Debatting and Problem-solving. The focus lies on developing skills that aim to help students ages 15-18 in their daily lives. One module of training last for 3 weeks with each session duration being 2 hours. Students participate in groups of 7 led by a coach. The full duration of a club cycle is 20 weeks (5 months) after which they complete by implementing a social project. The project makes a link with either a national-, regional- or global development challenges. The social problem this 1ts group of students will be working on will be on the historic City Center of Paramaribo. Under guidance of their coach they develop their plan of action, budget and implementation steps. In the 5th month students present their project and exepience to the rest of the team.
The Backlot has used experience gained from prvious projects such as 'Employment in Creative Industries' and 'Youth Job Skills Training' run in Suriname to design and develop the Youth Ledership Program. The 1st Youthe Leadership Club was launched on 14 Januari 2023 with 30 students.