MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Education Lab
This summer, Higher Education @ J-WEL selected two MIT sophomores to travel to Rwanda and South Africa through J-WEL’s Global Ambassadors Program, which sends top MIT students to work on meaningful education projects across the globe. The program is run through the MIT International Science and Technology Initiative (MISTI).
Mechanical Engineering major Diane Mwizerwa traveled to the Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology in Rwanda, where she helped her students learn foundational academic skills, including study techniques, how to approach questions on exams, and group work. Mwizerwa is herself a graduate of Gashora. “I rediscovered my true self, my home, and my culture,” she says of the experience.
Economics major Boluwatife Akinola journeyed to South Africa, where she worked with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Schools Enrichment Centre (AIMSSEC). AIMSSEC is a not-for-profit organization providing professional development courses for mathematics teachers, subject advisers and field trainers in South Africa, introducing new mathematics teaching skills, improving subject knowledge and empowering teachers from disadvantaged rural and township communities. J-WEL spoke with Akinola about her experience.