SHE INITIAITVE: increasing the girl-child’s participation and proficiency in the fields of STEMMA.
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. Through delivery of a residential science camp, follow up in-school science clubs and a facilitated online peer network; CKF seeks to further its two-pronged goal of advancing the girl-child’s participation and proficiency in STEMMA (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, music and agriculture) fields.
Objectives of the programme are to:
On the 29th of March 2016, the Christopher Kolade Foundation (CKF) launched the premier edition of its girl-child flagship programme – the SHE Initiative. Through the support of the Lagos State Ministry of Education, 56 girls, drawn from six public schools in the state, were shortlisted through a competitive process and invited to the maiden residential SHE Initiative Camp, held at Thames Valley College (TVC) Sagamu. Mrs Beatrice Kolade, Chairman Board of Trustees-CKF, gave the welcome remarks at the opening ceremony. Two other CKF Trustees; Mrs Yvonne Fasinro and Mrs Femi Sonaike were also present at the Launch.
During the Camp, the girls had opportunity to interact with science, acquire leadership skills and experience science in action during a tour of Lafarge Cement Plant in Sagamu. There were also guest talks by, Ms. Jordan Belmonte; Microsoft Nigeria’s Education Program Manager, Mrs Kofo Akinkugbe; MD/CEO Secure ID Nigeria Ltd and Mrs Amidat Anifowose, TG/PS Education District VI, Lagos.
CKF Founder; Dr Christopher Kolade, CON, gave the keynote speech at the closing ceremony.
Participating schools included:
The SHE Initiative training faculty was led by instructors from Center4Technology and LEAP Africa. The students will continue the program’s learning interactions in their respective schools through SHE Initiative Clubs to be supported by the program’s training faculty.