On May 31, Ambassador Andrew R. Young and his delegation visited Ouagalab, a digital manufacturing laboratory created in 2011 by young enthusiasts in Burkina Faso.
The aim of the laboratory is to promote innovative ideas that address problems in agriculture, health and education through the use of digital and local resources.
The young people involved have already created or redesigned several tools such as a 3D printer made with local resources and drones for agricultural and other purposes. Ouagalabs also organizes training sessions with primary school students, and courses on the creation of computers from old pieces and local means to demystify electronic tools in the eyes of children. This empowers young people to be more at ease with and understand digital devices.
After a short presentation of the institute, the delegation had the opportunity to visit the premises and see different tools and projects put in place. The Ambassador was impressed by the visit. He encouraged the young people to continue pursuing their dreams.