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Mhandisi Maridadi is Swahili for ‘Competent Engineer’. This is a startup aimed to provide tuition on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects to Tanzanian secondary school students. This is done through creating video tutorials for their subjects and forums for discussion of various concepts and problems that they may face during their studies. The videos are provided through website and mobile application platform.
The reason why we started this is because there is an increasingly lack of interest and motivation in STEM fields and careers in our country. We currently have a gap of over 150,000 engineers in the country but the majority of students continue to fail the related subjects. In 2014 for example, 66% of 18,942 students who sat for the form two science national examinations failed!
What qualifies us the most to do this is that we are a team with a good background in these fields and have had the opportunity to study in some of the best schools in the country. In fact, one of our co-founders was the second best in the country at the 2012 national examinations.
With the introduction of technologies such as the 4G in our country; internet access and usage is rising tremendously. We estimate to reach over 620,000 students initially from the current levels of enrollments.
We do hope you put your faith in us and help us change the future of thousands of Tanzanian youth. Together we can!