The Prikkle Academy Grassroots Makerspace in Nigeria is an open space where children and youths can freely choose their tools, find people and collaborate, especially in the rural communities, to identify and mobilize their individual skills and community assets to create solutions that solve their own problems.
As defined by Makerspace.com, “A makerspace is a collaborative workspace inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools.
These spaces are open to kids, adults, and entrepreneurs and have a variety of maker equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, soldering irons and even sewing machines.
A makerspace, however, doesn’t need to include all of these machines or even any of them to be considered a makerspace. If you have cardboard, legos and art supplies you’re in business”
At Prikkle Academy, we are motivated by the creativity and ingenuity of people in rural communities which is often overlooked.
The Makerspace Project is important to us because real empathy is understanding the abilities in children and youths and helping them to share that gift and talent in a meaning way to the world.
When they are able to translate their knowledge, skills, and passion into practical solutions, they are empowered and the community will develop in an organic way.
We started the establishment of the Grassroots Makerspace in Nigeria in October 2016. We had grassroots facilitators within the community that only required basic digital tools to share their knowledge with other youths in the community.
They were eager to be part of the development of their community. They know that the internet is a huge resource that youths can use to create solutions to community problems rather than waste away their youthful days.
Prikkle Academy connected these two through the Makerspace Project – the youths that have skills to share and the youths that are eager to grow and learn new skills for the 21st-century life.
This will help to bridge the information and skill gap for the young generation to fit perfectly into this idea, information, and technological age.
There is a huge youth rural-urban migration in Nigeria. The perception of people in and outside communities is that rural communities are poor and that there is nothing the citizens can do to empower themselves into wealth and sustainable living.
Prikkle Academy chooses rural communities because we are convinced that the future of any thriving community is when grassroots youths and others are active citizens, working towards the development of their community.
The Objectives of Prikkle Academy Makerspace Project Includes:
-To create a space where grassroots students and youths can get assess to hands-on, digital tools and information.
-To be a centre for problems-solvers to turn ideas into action having access to the tools and resources to locally create the solutions.
-To engender collaboration and peace among young people in the community.
-To ignite the creation of new homegrown technologies that are relevant and answers to the needs of the local community.
The innovation centre also serves as a practical space for in-school students and teachers to explore creativity and innovation. It is an excursion site for students outside of the state to try out their ideas too.
To pay a visit to any of Prikkle Academy’s Makerspaces within Nigeria, to collaborate, partner or learn more about the phenomenal projects that are created by our participants, please click HERE.