His name is Aliyu | He wants to build an App to stop cattle rustling
Think about that for a minute. If his dreams come to life, valid as they are, he'd have successfully initiated a course towards creating a lasting fix to the farmer-herdsmen clashes that have perennially plagued agrarian communities across Nigeria for years
This is why the story of Aliyu Abdullahi, a 9-year old beneficiary of the STEAM BOX initiative, is not only intriguing, but also stings you with immediacy.
Technology-driven education unlocks the potential of the human mind to create both custom and adventitious solutions - this fact is one of the major morales behind the Steam Box, and Aliyu is just a walking attestation to it.
The idea behind the Steam Box is pretty basic and straightforward - take innovative education in the form of Science, Tech, English, Arts and Maths (STEAM) to kids in Nigeria's rural communities, and in their native language, with the goal of unlocking their potential(s) and giving them a bankable chance at a future.
The challenge it addressed was that of a lack of access to basic primary education and the consequent susceptibility to destitution, crime and poverty.
As already said above, Aliyu, just like the other beneficiaries, is a walking KPI, a testament that validates the need to deploy innovative education as a veritable tool in our common drive towards a developed future.
The fact that he has been able to apply the knowledge gotten so far from the STEAM BOX classes to identify, ideate and incubate a tech-driven solution to address an everyday risk faced by his community, shows the wealth of possibilities waiting to be harnessed from the minds of these children irrespective of where they are.
It shows the reason why every child truly counts. Our goal at the Civic X team is to reach 200,000 Aliyus across Nigeria's rural communities via the donation of 200 STEAM boxes in 5 years
Conversant with the biblical parable of the Lost Sheep? To Aliyu, a 9-year old from a rural community in Nigeria, he's already thinking, "what if the Shepherd had an app to trace and track his herd?"