After quitting Google, Ope Bukola now has his own online university teaching STEM, here’s how
It all happened when she decided she wanted to take a bigger risk and challenge herself so she could build her own innovation from the ground up. This awareness has also been fueled by the uncertainties in which the Covid 19 pandemic has placed each working class and the need to step out of their comfort zone.
In 2021, the Nigerian-born co-founder of Kibo School and Ope Bukola joined the “big quit” pool as she quit her high-paying job as a product manager for Google to pursue that sense of purpose. This gave birth to the innovative online university offering STEM education for African students.
“Eleven months ago, I started piloting the idea with my co-partners Keno and Misan. Today we have taught 400 Africans in 13+ countries,” Ope Bukola wrote on his LinkedIn page.
This dream was reinforced after the organization raised $2 million in seed capital to expand access to education for Africans. The eduTechprenuer said its mission is to train many African graduates to be at the forefront of the tech workforce.
According to her, the education system on the continent needs to be revamped to cope with this task and that is what Kibo School seeks to do. Bukola said that dream made it easier for her to retire from Google as a product manager for Google Classroom, even though she was working with the best software team.
She explained that she targets young Africans who want to revolutionize the status quo with technology. She indicated that they target students aged 16 who want to study computer science.
“The school’s curriculum has been designed to prepare students to excel globally and in settings where their skills are needed,” added Kibo’s co-founder.
She explained that students need to be able to build technology using modern tools and that’s why at Kibo “we provide them with deep knowledge of computer science”. Regarding her biggest challenge, she observed that it is not in the online space, but in perspective and reality that education must take place in brick and mortar structures, which are littered across Africa.
In April, Kibo won the GSV Cup, one of the biggest edtech pitch competitions in the world.