Welcome to STEM Synergy


ABOUT US

STEM Synergy is a US-based International NGO with  501(C) (3) tax exempt status from IRS. The organization promotes STEM education ,technology transfer and social enterprises that benefit youth and women through hands-on education and skills training that focus on solving   real problems in the developing world.

OUR CHALLENGES
Poverty and backwardness are the major challenges of Africa/Ethiopia. Foreign aid is not a sustainable way to solve the problems. STEM Synergy is a nonprofit that takes a business approach to reduce poverty.

We believe in promoting affordable and scalable innovation and technologies to solve the basic economic needs of the poor in agriculture and food, education , energy and climate in a sustainable way

 OUR solution 


 USE OF innovation and technology TO fight POVERTY

Short-term humanitarian aid to help poor people is usually not enough to lift them out of the cycle of poverty. Poverty alleviation is  a long-term strategy that should  lead to self-reliance and sustainability. Technology and innovation are the best weapons to fight poverty and break the cycle of individual and societal  poverty in Africa.  Africa's backwardness or  poverty is somehow attributed to shortage of better skilled workforce in the STEM fields in the continent.

MAJOR PROGRAMS

STEM Education and STEM Workforce Development

Social Enterprises

Technology Transfer in the areas of Agriculture and Food , Energy and Climate



Our Principles:

Innovation - we focus on a new solution/idea or improvement or scaling of an existing Solutions

Impact-Our programs create lasting solutions to poverty

Sustainability- our programs must be sustained beyond the end of project implementation stage

Scalability- Our programs focus on potential to scale up and impact millions of families

Inclusion- Our programs benefit all aspects of inclusion - gender, ethnicity, religion etc.

Affordability- We focus on low cost technologies using local inputs and talents

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YOUTH & WOMEN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

 

Why promoting  STEM education including technology & innovation matter for Ethiopia?

Millions of Ethiopian youth are unemployed. Millions more will remain unemployed as the future jobs are in the STEM fields . Thus we need to plan and prepare the future workforce now. International organizations, governments and private industries need to partner  to inspire and empower the youth to unleash their potential for national growth and development . 

We believe in the youth’s  power to bring sustainable development. We need to be enabler and  train and retrain them so that they are empowered to: 

1. Fight poverty and transform their lives and their communities

2. Prepare themselves to create jobs and/ or businesses and reduce the skyrocketing rate of youth unemployment.  

3. Provide them career exploration opportunities and let them see what the real-world jobs look and feel like

4. Provide economic opportunities for them to build  their livelihoods.

5. Inspire their minds to innovate and solve societal problem. Encourage them to study science and technology in order to build the STEM pipeline. 

Hands-on lab-based STEM education emphasizes real-world problem-solving, creativity, and skill-building — all factors that enable youthful brainpower to engineer their homeland out of stubborn poverty.

5. Contribute their share for the national economic growth and development.

6. Enhance their deep and true understanding of their environment and life in general so that they come up with innovate and out of the box solutions for their communities.

  • Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship

Crafting solution to create access to Capital for Entrepreneurs

Providing access to financial products and services for undeserved and un-banked youth and women.

 access to financial products and services for underserved and underbanked women,

Connecting the un-banked youth and women entrepreneurs to micro financial institutions

 
 Our Priority Areas
  • Affordable Technology for the poor to use to fight poverty
  • Solar Energy and climate
  • Social Enterprises :Business incubation and acceleration for youth and women
  • STEM education: Preparing the future STEM workforce
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