Secondary school students innovate simple drop irrigation tech

AS the developing world struggles to manage wastes, Dar es Salaam based secondary school students have recycled plastic bottles to come up with simple drop irrigation technology.

The students from Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary have managed to come up with an innovative idea, thanks to the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) programme which aims to develop critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills.

Speaking at the STEAM Fair 2023 held at Mzizima Secondary School in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, the Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) chief executive officer, Dr Shelina Walli said since they have started implementing the project, the project helps to promote creativity and innovation.

“Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School incorporates STEAM into education to provide a range of benefits for students.

“It can help them develop skills such as coding, problem-solving, and teamwork. These skills are essential in the modern world,” Dr Shelina said.

Elaborating more, the AKES boss said the school utilises the program to provide an interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach to education, which can help students develop essential skills for success in the 21st century.

Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School students at STEAM Fair 2023


“These skills are essential in the modern world. Additionally, STEAM can help students develop a passion for these subjects and encourage them to pursue further education and careers in these fields,” she said.

George Mato, among form five students who came up with the idea, said they decided to work on the project in order to address environmental and climate change challenges facing the world.

On his part, Ubungo Municipal Council’s school Quality Controller Elikana Manyizuri said what Mzizima Secondary School is implementing aligns with the Government’s goal of having school curriculums that can help students to acquire skills and competency.

According to the school, through STEAM, students can learn about various fields, including computer science, engineering, and biology and an interactive and engaging project.

It provides students with the opportunity to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills as well as encourage students to work collaboratively, sharing ideas and insights.

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