Chinezi Chijioke ’96, CEO and founder of Nova Pioneer Education Group, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in October to raise money for the schools in the Pan-African independent school network. Nova Pioneer operates a number of schools throughout Kenya and South Africa, with a focus on preparing the next generation of leaders through innovative teaching methods. The money raised from the Kilimanjaro climb will be used to launch new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs.
“Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro symbolizes the heights to which Nova Pioneer is committed to supporting our students to ascend,” said Chinezi in an article in Southern Courier. “It’s all about creating an environment and providing the support that enables young minds to develop their natural sense of innovation. We believe this exciting journey our teachers and staff are embarking on will meaningfully advance the education of our students.”
Chinezi is among thirteen Nova Pioneer teachers and staff members who climbed Africa’s highest mountain in the Kilimanjaro 4 The Kids (K4TK) initiative. Funds raised in the initiative will help Chinezi and his colleagues fulfill their vision of providing innovative and hands-on learning experiences to build skills in STEM fields, thereby empowering their students to shape the future.