The Christopher Kolade Foundation (CKF) on Wednesday January 23rd, 2019 organised SHE Fair 2.0 – the second edition of its girls-only science and technology fair – at Harbour Point Victoria Island, Lagos.
The event holds exclusively for girls-only science fair of its scale in Africa. The 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.
This year’s edition showcased projects of SHE Initiative participants from 10 Lagos State public schools. SHE Fair 2.0 also presented a speaker panel of efficacious women in science, a speaker panel of girls in the SHE Initiative program, as well as keynotes by Onyeche Tifase, the CEO of Siemens Nigeria, and Michelle Obatoyinbo, General Manager, Deep Water Operations, Chevron Nigeria.
“Every child should have a fair chance at the extent of opportunities that life affords, and should not be subdued by their socio-economic background or gender,” stated Omobola Lana, CKF’s managing consultant.
She added: “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.”
Since 2016, the SHE Initiative has offered over 400 Lagos public school girls unique opportunities to experience science and technology in relatable, interactive and fun ways.
SHE Fair 2.0 was 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.
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 was given to promoting Girl-Child Education, Leadership and Governance Education, Christian and Theological Education and Education in Inter-Faith Relations.
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.