The Christopher Kolade Foundation (CKF) will tomorrow, Wednesday January 23rd, 2019 deliver SHE Fair 2.0, the second edition of its ‘Girls Only’ science and technology fair, at Harbour Point Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Fair aims to showcase the technology proficiency of girls in State public schools and motivate even more girls towards exploring the exciting world of science and technology.
The event will showcase projects of SHE Initiative participants from 10 Lagos State Public Schools; a speaker panel of successful women in science, a speaker panel of girls in the SHE Initiative program and keynotes by Onyeche Tifase, MD/CEO Siemens Nigeria and Michelle Obatoyinbo, General Manager, Deep Water Operations, Chevron Nigeria.
SHE Fair 2.0 is made possible through the generous donation of Zenith Bank, as well as SystemSpecs, Kenna Partners, Arian Capital Management, Julius Berger, KPMG, Coronation Capital, Fountain of Life Church, and Abdulai, Taiwo & Co.
“Every child should have a fair chance at the breadth of opportunities that life affords, and should not be inhibited by their socio-economic background or gender. Our partners are making it possible for us to narrow the gap for SHE girls. Through the SHE Initiative, possibilities are ignited, confidence is inspired, skills are developed and dreams are birthed. It is an absolute privilege to be part of the girls’ transformative journey”, stated Omobola Lana, CKF managing consultant.
Since 2016, the SHE Initiative has offered over 400 girls in Lagos State public schools unique opportunities to experience science and technology in relatable, interactive and fun ways. Girls are immersed in a variety of hands on learning activities designed to broaden their knowledge of the fields of science and technology, engage them in enquiry, stir their intellectual curiosity, build their confidence, apprise them of female role models in the field, and equip them with demonstrable skills in targeted areas of science and technology. Ethics, leadership and remedial education are important components of the SHE learning agenda which is delivered through residential science camps, in-school clubs, holiday camps and single-gender science fairs.
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 vision of the foundation is geared towards a Nigeria that is known for educational excellence, ethical leadership and interfaith harmony, while its 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.
The event is SHE Fair 2.0. The theme for the year is – All In: All Options, Best Effort. The Fair is the only girls-only science Fair of it’s scale in Africa and our aim is to showcase the technology proficiency of girls in State public schools, and motivate even more girls to explore the exciting world of science and technology. We expect over 500 girls with about 230 of them being the 2017/2018 SHE 2 class(the exhibiting class that was in their school uniform at the 2017 fair). Another 280 are in the SHE 3 class ( newly recruited to the SHE program). We opened the Fair up to other non-SHE schools and we have two school who opted in two exhibit this year.
School teams will be presenting up to 20 project exhibits.
SHE SCHOOLS (10):
1. Akande Dahunsi Memorial Senior High School
2. Babs Fafunwa Millennium Senior Grammar School
3. Central Senior High School
4. Dolphin Senior High School
5. Ebute Elefun Senior High School
6. Estate Senior Grammar School
7. Ijeshtedo Senior Grammar School
8. Ilupeju Senior Grammar School
9. Omole Senior Grammar School
10. Wahab Folawiyo Senior High School
EXTERNAL EXHIBITORS (2 SO FAR CONFIRMED)
Reagan Memorial Baptist Girls Secondary School
Aunty Ayo Comprehensive Secondary School
Tifase Onyeche, MD/CEO Siemens: Building a Balanced Pipeline for Tomorrow’s Science & Technology Workforce (YET TO BE CONFIRMED)
Michelle Obatoyinbo, Chevron: Lessons for Aspiring Women Leaders
WOMEN IN SCIENCE PANELISTS
Ore Somolu-Lesi, Founder/CEO W-TEC (Moderator)
Olamide Ayeni-Babajide, Founder/CEO Pearl Recycling
Omowale David Ashiru, Country Director Andela, Nigeria
Margaret Ajiboye, Sales Leader, Dealer Business West Africa, Cummins West Africa Student Panel
Deborah Oluwatayo, Babs Fafunwa Millenium Senior Grammar School
Glory John, Akande Memorial Senior High School
Naheemat Balogun, Akande Memorial Senior High School
Rachel Agbetuyi, Dolphin Senior High School