Global Minimum Inc. Receives a $766,100 Investment from The Lemelson Foundation to Scale Invention Education Programs in Kenya

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For Immediate Release
Contact Elli Suzuki
+1 (301) 281-5408
info@gmin.org

NAIROBI, KENYA (December 1, 2015) – Global Minimum Inc. (GMin) is honored to embark on a major partnership with The Lemelson Foundation, who today announced a $766,100 new investment in GMin for the period of 2016 to 2019.

Global Minimum fosters a generation of young innovators and leaders in Africa who tackle challenges affecting their communities through critical thinking and hands-on learning.  Today, despite greater global interconnectivity and opportunity than ever before, the creativity and agency of African youth is often sidelined.

Pop-up Demo Lab at St. Aloysius School in Kibera, Kenya

Pop-up Demo Lab at St. Aloysius School in Kibera, Kenya

“Young people have bright ideas about the problems that face their communities, but those ideas are seldom expressed or heard. We aim to enable students to ask questions about those issues, develop and deploy meaningful solutions and support their learning through the entire process. The Lemelson Foundation has been supporting GMin during the last two years, and we are  thrilled to expand our work together to an entirely new level of impact,” said David Sengeh, Co-Founder and President of the Board, GMin.

In partnership with The Lemelson Foundation over the next three years, GMin will launch three Innovation Labs and expand their Innovate Challenge program in Kenya, enabling young learners to develop problem-solving, collaboration, and critical thinking skills, and provide a model for learner centered, participatory, and project-based approach to education.

“We’re excited to support Global Minimum in the expansion of their Kenyan programs. They are uniquely positioned to help build a pipeline of young inventors who can ask questions and feel empowered to use their science and engineering skills to solve real problems that they and their families face,” said Carol Dahl, Executive Director of The Lemelson Foundation.

GMin’s new pedagogical approaches, such as hands-on after-school innovation labs and invention competitions in partnership with secondary schools in Kenya, will further provide an important model and lessons that contribute to national and local learning and education policy frameworks in Kenya and beyond.

About Global Minimum Inc:

Global Minimum Inc (GMin) is a 501(c)(3) charitable international organization that encourages young innovators and leaders in Africa to engage with critical thinking skills and hands-on learning programs to tackle challenges affecting their communities. GMin provides enabling tools, safe space, workshops, mentorship, resources and network, ultimately equipping young people in Africa with unique opportunities to take their future into their own hands. We currently work with young people age 13-18 in Sierra Leone, Kenya, and South Africa. For more information, visit http://www.gmin.org.

Contact: Elli Suzuki (US), (301) 281-5408, info@gmin.org

About The Lemelson Foundation

Based in Portland, OR, The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives. Inspired by the belief that invention can solve many of the biggest economic and social challenges of our time, the Foundation helps the next generation of inventors and invention-based businesses to flourish. The Lemelson Foundation was established in the early 1990s by prolific inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy, and is celebrating its 20th Anniversary throughout 2015. To date the Foundation has made grants and other investments totaling more than $185 million to hundreds of organizations around the world. For more information, visit http://lemelson.org.

Contact: Tak Kendrick (US), (503) 827-8910, takk@lemelson.org

 

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