SCIENCE - TECHNOLOGY - ENGINEERING - ARTS - MATHEMATICS
CREATING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE THROUGH EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE
K-12 ACADEMIC & SOCIO EMOTIONAL CURRICULA and...
The Dr. Robert Ford STEM Institute of Education and Advanced Learning is a model K-12 initiative being established in Africa. The institute's goal is to make accessible (and affordable) a state-of-the-art hybrid school available to the best and the brightest students within a 50 km radius of the school.
We desire to help support the Minister of Education and surrounding institutions by bringing collaborative exchange opportunities to this pioneering academic and cultural delivery model. We hope to cultivate promising students' educational excellence and experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Students can board Mondays-Fridays and receive a state-of-the-art education curriculum along with sports, music, and artistic components. As a college preparatory-based institution, the school has contracted and entered into a long-term partnership with Knowledge First to recognize gifted and talented students, offering top performers the opportunity for advanced learning at institutions in the United States.
Dr. Robert Ford is Board Chair of reFocus Afrika, Inc., a fast growing Pan African Organization with presence in 12 countries on the continent and headquartered in Zanzibar, TZ. He is also a Board Member/Treasurer for US SARV, LLC a Houston-based chemical distribution business, focused on Africa.
He is a retired professor of chemistry and chief research officer at Texas Southern University in Houston, TX and Southern University Baton Rouge, LA, spanning 33 years.
Dr. Ford earned a B.S. Degree in chemistry from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, and the Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Purdue University in Lafayette, IN. He was recently recognized as a distinguished alumnus by both institutions.
He is an advocate for building minority interest and learning supports within STEM fields throughout K-12 schools and higher education. The significance of building community support behind bolstering African American involvement in technical professions is his passion. He works to make faculty members aware of resources and possible solutions while encouraging students to work in cooperatively in teams on real problems.
Dr. Robert Ford is the CEO of DFR Industries LLC and a Zoetic Global LLC Advisor. He serves on the College of Science and Engineering Advisory Boards for TSU and Southern University in Baton Rouge.
He is a board secretary for TSU Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy.
Bob is an International Consultant having conducted projects in South Africa, Gambia, Senegal, Nigeria, Taiwan, Germany, Brazil, Belize, Tanzania, and Zanzibar. He has also studied STEM programs in education in China, Singapore, and Malaysia. Additionally, Dr. Ford sits on the board of several organizations and nonprofits and he is the Sister Cities International Country Representative for Liberia.
“The issue of transforming people to connect their talents, know or unknown, to niche professions and leadership roles in society is not something that one institution can manage, it takes a community of institutions.” - Dr. Robert Ford
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