STEM Education for African Girls


Anjola (14), a Visiola Foundation student since 2018 was selected as a World Science Scholar! She was one of 28 students from 14 countries chosen to participate in this prestigious program.

The World Science Scholars (WSS) program, an initiative of the World Science Festival, announced its newest class of 27 young Scholars—exceptionally talented mathematical minds, hailing from 14 countries. WSS brings Scholars together with world-renowned experts in an interdisciplinary and multi-layered online program that encourages the Scholars to explore new scientific areas in which their extraordinary skills can be applied.

“Becoming a World Science Scholar has provided me with a unique opportunity to join a vibrant community of world-renowned professors, dedicated teaching fellows, and dynamic coaches. The Visiola Foundation nominated me and I was delighted to receive notification of my selection. I began taking online classes on July 10, 2020 and have been learning about science, Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity in Physics, the detection processes that led to the first and also recent trailblazing discoveries in gravitational waves, and many other theories. My fellow scholars and I are engaged in weekly science classes and I am learning so much. The content of these courses is intellectually rigorous, interdisciplinary, and is designed to challenge and inspire us.

We were encouraged to work collaboratively, to tackle complex problems, make substantial mental leaps, and grow in our ability to exercise independent, creative, and critical thinking. Although the professors, teaching fellows and coaches guide us sequentially through the courses that are designed to maximize collaboration and community-building, we have the flexibility to work through the learning activities within each course at our own pace.

I have also been receiving mentoring from leading global professors. This experience further extends far beyond coursework. It has provided me with opportunities to work with students from other countries – an experience I never imagined I would have at this stage in my life. I cannot wait to take back all I have learnt to the Visiola Foundation’s After-School STEM Club for Girls when school resumes.

I look forward to attending the World Science Festival in New York after successfully completing the first year. Thank you so much Visiola Foundation for nominating me, and to the World Science Festival organization for the opportunity.”