Latifa Al-Khalifa is the Co-Founder & CEO of Clever Play. Clever Play equips, empowers and inspires children ages 4-12 years through transformative STEAM education to pursue 21st century opportunities. Latifa is also spearheading a national initiative called STEM Bahrain- a nationwide effort dedicated to preparing students for global competitiveness through enhanced STEM education and career readiness training. Named one of Bahrain’s Top 100 Influential Women in 2019, Latifa hopes to evolve educational initiatives to paver for digitally literate and STEM competent and gender equal workforce. She is the recipient of numerous awards in Leadership, including the Abdulaziz Bin Humaid Leadership Award in the UAE. Latifa is an active member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Starters Club and the Bahrain Businesswomen's Society. She holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from Webster University, UK and a Double Major in Politics and International Studies from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
25 February 2020 | 11:00 - 11:30 | Integrating STEM in Secondary Schools in Bahrain: Reflections & Recommendations
In order to introduce the application of STEM theories and concepts to real life application and industry practices, Clever Play Education & Training initiated an in-school STEM Program in select public schools in the Kingdom of Bahrain during the first term of academic year 2019-2020. The program was conducted during formal class hours thereby gaining an entry point into the formal curriculum. Our STEM In-School Integration in partnership with the Ministry of Education in Bahrain piloted a STEM Program in 8 schools across different governorates. Its aim is to develop hands on STEM areas connecting classroom concepts to real world application. The results of this pioneer attempt are critical to the goal of eventually having the program adopted in more schools. The service partnership with MOE is a vital step towards impacting government policy and practice to optimize the social value and impact we are working to create. The talk will conclude with results and recommendations.