MEET THE EQUINOX FELLOWS
Iyinoluwa Aboeyeji (Lagos, Nigeria) – Teaching for Learning
Aboeyeji is the Co-Founder and CEO of Fora, a start-up that connects young Africans to e-learning resources, and a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo. His new project, Teaching for Learning is a program that will use e-learning resources from Coursera and the Commonwealth Education Trust in Foundation of Teaching and Learning to expose primary and secondary school teachers in Lagos, Nigeria to new ideas about pedagogy and tools that will allow them to become better teachers
Eric Kennedy (Phoenix, AZ, USA) – International Interdisciplinary Student Network
Kennedy, a PhD. Student in the Consortium for Science Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University and graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Knowledge Integration, is developing The International Interdisciplinary Network (IIN) to link, empower, and support interdisciplinary student associations and their young leaders around the world.
Bryson McLachlan (Waterloo, ON, Canada ) – Design Thinking Module
McLachlan, a student in the Centre for Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo, is developing a learning module for middle and high school students that introduces them to design thinking and collaborative work. The long term goal is to equip young people with a resilient and flexible skill set that can be adapted to difficult problems that stretch across multiple disciplines and outside school walls.
Olatunde Ajoke Omoware (Agbado, Nigeria) – Agbado e-Learning Centre
Omoware is the Human Resources and Project Coordinator for the non-profit AGDC Employability and Enterprise. Her project targets children from the poorest homes in Agbado, Nigeria who are almost a year behind their classmates by the time they start school. In an area serviced by only one government secondary school, Agbado e-Learning Centre will provide children with access to the basics of ICT and Internet usage as well as books and literacy resources.
ABOUT THE EQUINOX FELLOWSHIP
As a follow-up to the Forum of Future Leaders and Equinox Summit: Learning 2030, Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) will offer Equinox Fellowships to 30 youth participants between the ages of 18 and 30. This program is presented in partnership with TakingITGlobal, one of the world's leading networks of young people learning about, engaging with, and working towards tackling global challenges.
The Fellowship includes TakingITGlobal's Sprout e-course, an enhanced project-based learning experience. The course is offered free to Equinox Fellows through WGSI sponsorship. After graduation from the course, Equinox Fellows are eligible for a mentorship and grant funding opportunity that is subject to selection by a Steering Committee composed of representatives from WGSI, TakingITGlobal and MaRS Discovery District.
The Sprout e-Course is a 9-week online learning experience, where participants are guided through four learning modules – Design, Plan, Connect, and Assess – and work toward developing assets to include as part of a Project Portfolio that will support transforming ideas into concrete actions. This course provides training in essential skills such as team building, project management, critical thinking, communications, and problem solving, to help plan and develop innovative projects.
EQUINOX FELLOWSHIP PROJECT LAUNCH FUND
Equinox Fellows are eligible for up to $5,000 in launch support and project leaders will be matched with a mentor to assist and support the project’s development.
WGSI is also pleased to announce the recipients of the Ideation Grant (up to $1000):
Shugla (Peshawar, Pakistan) – Young Feminists Movement
Mohammed Nibras (Kerala, India) - Leaders of Tomorrow
Akash Chandra Nayak (Kendrapara, India) – Childrens’ Literacy School
Omorinola Odeyinka (Lagos, Nigeria) – West Africa Vocational Education (WAVE) Project