Kituuma & Co.’s recent partnership took the team and National Society of Black Engineers overseas. The Kituuma & Co. founders are and have been heavily involved in NSBE for over a decade and specifically spearhead NSBE Jr. initiatives. NSBE Jr. is the organization’s Pre-College Initiative (PCI) program. It is designed to stimulate the interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. The goal is to encourage students in grades K–12 to attend college and pursue technical degrees. The PCI program provides activities to help students discover firsthand how engineering and technology relate to the world around them and discover the excitement of academic excellence, leadership, technical development and teamwork.
Nathan R. Kituuma, Founder of Kituuma & Co. had a vision of reviving a dormant chapter in Uganda as well as start a PCI chapter at a local primary school to introduce NSBE. Through this effort, the purpose of this initiative was also to simultaneously start a NSBE Jr. chapter in Uganda. The long-term goal is to have a professional chapter that supports the growth and sustaintenance of the primary and secondary school chapter as well as those at the university level. Short-term goal is to introduce the concept and benefits of NSBE to the populace and start chapters at the primary and secondary school level.
Through these efforts, Kituuma & Co. was able to secure a partnership with Maranatha Integrated Schools Project (MISP) which is a local non-profit making, non-government organization. The organization is committed to identify, care and impart basic knowledge and life skills to the needy and orphaned children in central Uganda causing social, economic, physical and spiritual development in their lives.
The team decided to visit with Maranatha Primary and Secondary Schools on June 24 to June 30th of 2019 in Uganda. Billy Degas, a STEM thought leader and engineering evangelist joined the team with the goal of introducing the team to the Maranatha leadership and teachers, meet students and do some hands-on STEM activities and perform a needs assessment to gauge next steps for establishing the chapter at Maranatha.
Kituuma & Co.’s partnership with Billy was critical as he is on the continent and travels regularly to engineering events and was very eager to start a working relationship in bringing NSBE to the schools we identified in Uganda. While there he was able to work and meet with students in P5 - P7, approximately 255 students, during his visit. Students engaged in a snaptricity activity - where students learn all about magnetic fields, electromagnetism, static electricity, parallel and series circuits, and more.
Kituuma & Co. looks forward to this engagement in Uganda and partnership with both NSBE and MISP. Please help up spread the word about the work we are doing in Uganda. If you would like to learn more about how you can be involved in advancing this project or just to learn more about the school’s mission, send us a message.