Students at the A-MAN, Inc. Headquarters STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) International Learning Center warmly welcomed a special visitor on April, 28—South Africa's newly-appointed U.S. Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu. He toured the state of the art facility and later talked with co-founders Dr. Bettye and Hal Walker.
President Nelson Mandela in 1998 personally asked the Walkers to make him a promise to assist and inspire the children of that country to study science and become the new generation of innovators, scientists, teachers and engineers. To meet this great challenge the Walkers utilized their own A-MAN science education models along with the broad humanitarian resources of Rotary International as members of the Inglewood Rotary Club. Thousands of 6 to 18 year-old girls and boys in townships have benefited. Many continue to graduate from colleges and universities. The Ambassador gave the Walkers his country’s grateful thanks for “a promise kept”.
This visit to Los Angeles is the first in the 21st Century since the fall of Apartheid in 1994 by a South African ambassador. His presence heralds a new global and strategic educational based alliance and partnership between A-MAN, Inc. and the students of South Africa. For over twenty years, A-MAN has been deeply involved in promoting and implementing science and technology educational sites across the U.S. and South Africa. Plans call for new additional STEM centers and expansion to other countries in Africa.
The A-MAN, Inc. STEM International agency is a 501(c) (3) Corporation founded in 1991. The mission is to utilize STEM-related projects to advance educational achievement, intellectual and career development of African-Americans, Latinos and other minority students. A-MAN, Inc. also seeks partnerships with individuals and institutions who share the vision to increase diversity in the special interest fields of science and technology.
Some ongoing exciting new A-MAN projects are the; XPRIZE Global Learning Challenge, a $15M endeavor that can enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic. The team A-MAN Global Access Learning Educator (GALE), utilizing the latest educational innovations and computer technology, is expected to impact over 250 million children worldwide including Inglewood.
Team A-MAN is an international partner with school sites in South Africa, involved in the UN General Assembly 68th session which proclaimed the “2015 Year of Light and Light–based Technologies (IYL 2015).” This project promotes sustainable development and provides solutions to global challenges in energy, agriculture and health. In addition, IYL 2015 will promote public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015. Dr. Bettye Walker says the A-MAN center will be providing yearlong activities for local teachers, students and families to participate.