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Curious social innovator, STEM education advocate, and social entrepreneur

Mohammed Zaid

“Since I began my school journey, I have suffered a lot. I felt a hostile environment for critical thinkers, for people who did not adjust to the norm, for anyone who wanted to challenge the status quo. I want to help fellow learners to avoid facing this same path of discrimination”, emphasizes Mohammed.

Libya-born social entrepreneur is aware of the big challenges that his country faces to make sure Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) are more accessible to the general public. Finding a lack of solutions in his local environment, he decided to become the role model he wanted to have.

His desire to offer accessible quality STEM Education derives from the wish that “young changemakers, students 12-18 years old are able to see STEM areas as a career path and can transform their country, can offer solutions in the midst of the big crisis that Libya is facing, through a creative-thinking mindset and technology and innovation approach”.

He recalls his own journey, “I started working at a young age in a tech company which inspired me to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology”.

All his ideas materialized funding LYBOTICS, an organization with the mission of achieving inclusive and quality STEM education for all, reaffirming the belief that education is one of the most powerful and proven keys for sustainable development, and can be an alternative peacebuilding tool in the Lybian context. Lybotics is empowering more than 1000 high-school students and 50 mentors, from 17 cities in Libya.

Mohammed believes that “by creating robotics teams and fostering leadership through team collaboration, we can provide equal access to free STEM training and innovation exploration; eliminate gender and wealth disparities, and achieve universal access to higher quality education”.

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