The Joule Foundation was formed with a purpose of giving back and encouraging young women in the African continent to pursue an education in the field of STEM. Our academic workshops and programs are designed to address the problems closest to home by pairing learnings from the classroom with hands-on-activities, mentoring, interpersonal skills and career awareness programs for secondary school girls. Why call it the Joule Foundation? The “Joule” is defined as the SI unit of energy. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed but it can be transformed from one form to another.
The Joule’s SI base units can be broken down to kg.m2/s2 and therefore if we give a person (kg) a platform (m2) over time (s2) that energy can be used to transform and change our world for the better. We believe that each individual on this earth has a God-given innate purpose that cannot be created nor destroyed. When we harness that purpose, and cultivate it and channel it for the good of the world, that's where transformation takes place. If we give a person a platform, a chance, in due time, when one finds their purpose in this world and uses it for good, that world will become a much better place.
As technology has literally turned our world upside down by bringing it closer through the internet, social media and web applications, it is crucial that Africa step up to the plate and be well positioned to meet the demands of the ever-increasing technological advances worldwide. Essential skills are needed to keep up in a fast-paced technologically advanced world. Therefore, a STEM education focused on solving relevant real-life problems is crucial.
There are numerous factors that affect the secondary school retention rates of the African girl such as economic, social and cultural factors. It is our goal that a student with academic aptitude should not be held back in attaining an education and an eventual career due to these limitations. Current research has found that in educating a girl, once she has a career and a family of her own, she is more likely to encourage higher education for all her children.
To be given the opportunity to learn, explore and grow. There are no limits to the possibilities!
The African Arts and Fashion Festival #AAFF is a cultural celebration that will launch the The Joule Foundation as we support STEAM education for girls in Africa. Join us!
" To bridge the gender gap in African STEM education”
“To promote STEM education among young African women through academic programs"
We will focus on achieving the following milestones:
The Joule Foundation Scholar embodies the Core Values of Integrity, Excellence, Transparency, Fairness, Giving Back, Innovation and Empowerment. The Joule Foundation Co-founders and Board of Directors are composed of young women and men with with a passion and a heart for the people of Africa. Some of the members have a cultural and educational background from Africa. With the Joule Foundation, we plan to give back to the African continent by providing programs thhat will complement STEM education initiatives in the continent
ZIMBABWE, TANZANIA, NIGERIA - High Schools in these countries have been selected during the pilot phase of our programs