The STEM Teachers Reward and Empowerment Foundation (STREF) was founded in the year 2020 in Kano State Nigeria by Love Odion (Mrs.), a Graduate of Social Studies Education from the University of Benin, Edo state Nigeria.
What started as a desire to organize awards for Teachers having observed there existed no form of Awards Ceremony organized yearly for them, evolved into becoming an NGO specially designed to reach, impact, motivate and enlighten Teachers on STEM and other capacity building opportunities for Teachers.
STEM stands for STEAM Education which is a new approach to teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics in an applied and interdisciplinary approach. (STEM and STEAM refer to the same thing).
We are using our platform as an avenue to also promote STEAM Education among our Nigerian Teachers, Enlightening them thoroughly on STEAM Education and positioning them to take advantage of the many benefits it presents.
We held the 1st edition of the STEM Teachers Award and Gala on the 15th December 2020 when we realized that at the end of every year several Awards Event/Programs are organized for different sectors and groups in the society but not one was done for Teachers, we saw that to be an anomaly knowing the huge role and importance of Teachers in our society, We made the move and secured the permission of the State ministry of Education and organized the very first Teachers Award in Kano that year. At least 70 Schools participated, 10 most Outstanding Teachers were awarded with over 500 people in attendance at the Awards event. We used the occasion to recognize, honor and award outstanding Teachers in the state and also as an avenue to reach out to Teachers with relief items knowing they were the hardest hit by the global pandemic. It was a remarkable success, the schools, stakeholders and teachers appreciated the initiative.
We are very open to collaborating with other governmental, non-governmental, private and public companies, groups and individuals on projects and initiatives geared towards reaching and impacting Teachers.