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Christopher Kolade Foundation hosts science & technology fair for girls only

Christopher Kolade Foundation (CKF) is set to host the first girls-only science and technology fair in Nigeria on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

The Fair, themed SHE 2017 Science & Technology Fair – for Girls by Girls, will feature exhibits of SHE Initiative clubs across six Lagos State public schools; speaker panels of successful women in science and SHE participants; and keynote address by the deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule. We expect over 600 guests including CKF friends, partners, donors, education stakeholders and up to 400 students from public schools across Lagos.

The Fair is designed to showcase the technology proficiencies of girls in State public schools and motivate even more girls towards exploring the exciting world of science and technology.

The SHE Initiative is sponsored by: Dangote Foundation, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Kenna Partners, Aluko & Oyebode, Udo Udoma & Belo Osagie, SEPLAT, SystemSpecs, SecureID, Cornerstone Nigeria Plc, Freisland Campina WAMCO, Literamed, Abdulai, Taiwo & Co, Nigerian Breweries and AVIS

Speaking on the forthcoming event, a Consultant with the Foundation Omobola Lana said “It is absolutely imperative that we connect young girls and women onto STEM career pipelines and it begins with overcoming gender stereotypes around science and demystifying science and technology education.”

The SHE Initiative is a science and technology immersion program designed to offer girls from low and middle-income families a unique opportunity to experience science and technology in relatable, interactive and fun ways. The SHE program is carefully designed to stir participants’ curiosity and interest in exploring the world of science and technology, change the stereotypes around girls and science, equip participants with life-long skills in the realms of science and technology, while also offering personal development, leadership and ethics education.

According to Lana, the goal is to increase the girl-child’s participation and proficiency in STEMMA (science, technology, engineering, math, music and agriculture) fields.

SHE Initiative program components include: Experiential, hands-on and fun science, technology, ethics and personal development education through In-school Clubs; Student-student mentoring; Science Fairs; Summer Learning Programs.

The programme is currently delivered in ten (10) Lagos State public schools
The Christopher Kolade Foundation (CKF) was founded in 1997, as a platform through which its founder, Dr. Christopher Kolade, would make contributions to the development of Nigeria. Guided by an enduring legacy of integrity, professionalism, professional ethics and continuous learning that Dr. Kolade is known for, the Foundation focuses on Education, as its key strategic initiative. Particular attention is given to promoting Girl-Child Education, Leadership and Governance Education, Christian and Theological Education and Education in Inter-faith Relations. The Foundation also aims to make contributions in improving public education and literacy levels in Nigeria.

The mission is to deliver and support programs that improves education and literacy; promote good leadership and governance; develop the Christian Faith; and advance interfaith harmony.