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Our engineering Incubation program is focused on the development of quality education in science and technology at a young age. This educational program is for the young people aged from 5 to 19 mainly from rural deprived areas in Guinea-Bissau.
The early years of life have been acknowledged as the most crucial for the optimum development of an individual.

ENGINEERING INCUBATOR

A CONTRIBUTION TO TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT

ENGINEERING INCUBATOR

A CONTRIBUTION TO TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT

Time for discovery and experiment

Our program named Maria da Conceição Té (MCT) Institute of Education is pioneering work in the field of ecological technology education at an early age which aims at forming engineers, scientists and leaders with skills, discipline and attitudes to help the future development.

What do we do about technology education?

We organise courses, aims the following:

  1. Support and deliver a wide range of engineering education programs and projects for our local schools and academies;
  2. Develop careers pathways program to encourage a new generation of engineers in the Republic of Guinea-Bissau;
  3. Develop buildings and equip them in order to provide young people with ample facilities for developing their engineering skills, and for play and recreation;
  4. Hire professionally competent, devoted and dedicated teachers for our schools and instructors for our training courses;
  5. Helping young people from Guinea-Bissau to raise their aspirations and develop important employment skills;
  6. Develop extra curriculum activities.

Context and justification

INNOVATIVE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR YOUTH

Context and justification

INNOVATIVE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR YOUTH

Context and justification for our engineering incubator educational program

Infrastructure "deficit" remains one of Guinea-Bissau's biggest problems in terms of quality education.

The Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector doesn’t escape the rule, and the situation in this sector places great challenges on the state and society as a whole because the gap between the actual number of professionals in critical technical areas and the minimum required number is as high as 70% - 90%.

The Guinea-Bissau TVET school park is very poor, and to make things worse, in the last decades there has been some declining in terms of the number of professional schools built in the country.

Project objectives

FUTURE PROFESSIONALS AND LEADERS

Project objectives

FUTURE PROFESSIONALS AND LEADERS

Key objectives

We aim to develop 10 academies (2 academies every 2 years). Our main objective is the construction of new infrastructures or else various buildings can fairly easily be adapted to the needs of our project in Guinea-Bissau. However, it is one thing to lay plans, and visualize what could be done; it is quite another to do it. There is a vast amount of work to be done.

The first essential is to recruit and train staff for the newly-established Engineering Incubator named Maria da Conceição Té National Academy.

The second essential is to construct new buildings or to get the old buildings converted (get labour, building materials and licensing controls of all sorts) and the laboratories equipped. For the laboratory equipment, a lot of it we will have to design and make ourselves. We will need to buy up all the different sorts of electronic components and devices that we need. We will need to have a certain amount of help in equipping the Engineering Academy by way of equipment and materials donation mainly from Europe, US and Asia.

A Commission will be formed to travel around, among other things, to look out for equipment that might be suitable for us at low cost. It will be hard work during these coming first years, but everyone will be working with a will to develop and improve the functioning of our incubators, and help develop skills that allow local young people to develop productive activities and create or add value.