I believe that the young people in Africa’s premier asset and that it can only be put to beneficial use through high caliber education and training in the most modern science and engineering.
My Name is Prof. Nuhu H. HATIBU. I am the Executive Chairman of AfricAcademy LTD, which owns the Arusha Science School. AfricAcademy is an Impact Driven organization that exists for the sole purpose of supporting the transformation of consciousness, interest, teaching, and learning of science and mathematics, in Africa.
We aim to contribute to the building of a continental movement for creating a critical mass of competent AfriCan professionals, entrepreneurs, and innovators in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in all sectors, who work and compete well in the dynamic global green economy of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
I graduated with an Engineering Degree in 1983 and obtained a PhD in 1987 with my research focused on Soil Dynamics. Then I taught at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Tanzania, until September 2003.
My international work has enabled me to implement and/or supervise programs that have covered 18 African countries (Botswana, Burundi, DRC Congo; Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho; Madagascar; Malawi, Mauritius; Mozambique; Rwanda, South Sudan; Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania; Uganda; and Zimbabwe).
After SUA, to date, I have been working for international development organizations. This exposed me to the tremendous opportunities Africa has, in terms of: i) a young population that is hungry for a better life; ii) abundant natural resources; and iii) the amount of work that needs to be done to Bridge the Development Gap between Africa and the rest of the world. Therefore, Arusha Science has state-of-art teaching laboratories. Furthermore, in order to advance competence learning and entrepreneurship in STEM, the school provides facilities and resources on “science to use” hand-on training.
Rainwater harvesting and water recycling system will enable students to put their learning in science and mathematics, to use in the harvesting, collection, recycling, and re-use of water on the campus and nearby communities. We have invested heavily in this and we expect that our students will graduate with skills in technologies infiltration and purification (e.g. Reverse Osmosis, UV Purification (e-boiling), and Activated carbon filter); solar-powered pumps; and storage.
Vertical farming – that will enable students to put their learning science and mathematics, to-use, to build and run the business of growing crops in “vertical” rows, often without soil inside buildings. This type of farming is critical for Africa with respect to providing healthy diets to the rapidly expanding population in the ever-expanding “consumption cities”. The aim of Arusha Science is to grow all the fruits, vegetables, and potatoes it needs for the students and staff while empowering its students to acquire skills in the high-tech systems used in vertical farming.
IT-Smart Communities and Schools – the aim of this initiative is to put “IT to Use” for our students and teachers, the communities that surround us; and our sister schools. It will be driven by the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT), used to create a global network of connected and intelligent devices. We will enable and challenge our students to build IoT solutions for themselves, the school community, the neighboring communities as well as the system of STEM education in general. This will start with systems based on smartphones (e.g mobile-phone-based milk marketing for the Maasai community), but we will grow it to include 3D Printing, AI, Drones, GIS, and robotics.
Plans include but are not limited to “science to use” laboratories and workshops in Biotechnology; Nanotechnology, and Green Energy Technologies (such as solar power).
So welcome and join us to turn this farsighted ambition into reality.
– Prof. Nuhu H. Hatibu