The SHE Initiative is a science and technology immersion programme 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 the delivery of a STEM Fair, in-school science clubs,leadershipskills training and a summer English language remediation, 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.
Since 2016, over 400 girls have benefitted from the SHE Initiative with up to 300 of these girls completing courses in electronics programming and mobile games design. Our 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 S&T. Ethics and leadership education are also important components of the SHE learning agenda.
The SHE Initiative is currently delivered in ten (10) public schools in Lagos State in partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Education.
In-School Science Clubs
SHE in-school clubs deliver up to 24 (twenty-four) weeks – an average of eight weeks per term - of hands-on technology workshops. Students are immersed in hands-on interactive learning in electronics programming and mobile games development, with the opportunity to both observe and apply new knowledge in a manner that promotes enquiry, teamwork, critical thinking and effective problem-solving.
Clubs meet once weekly for 60 -120 minutes, during each school’s already scheduled co-curricular activity slot. The STEM curricula cover an overview of thriving science and technology career fields, with project-based activities delivered around modules on electronics programming and mobile games design.
Students are taught to create a working circuit, write basic computer programs in the Arduino IDE that power electronic devices, create mobile games for smartphones powered by google android operating system and others
The SHE Fair is the only girls-only science fair of its scale in West Africa, and perhaps Africa. The one-day event features exhibitions of the science and technology projects by girls, and inspiring panels of young girls and women in STEM, including SHE participants.
The 2017 Fair, themed “For Girls by Girls”, had the honour of the presence of the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, who delivered the keynote address. The Fair, which held at the MUSON Center, Onikan, was attended by up to 600 people, the majority of whom were female students from Lagos State public schools. Student exhibits included:
- Smartphone controlled lamp
- Motion sensing automatic water faucet
- Temperature and light meter using LCD
- Smart water pump
- Medical assistant - patient alert device
- App-controlled door
- Space fighter (android game)
- Adventures of tommy (android game)
- Puppy rescue (android game)
- Ninja run (android game)
- Sky cruise (android game)
SHE Life and Leadership
The SHE Life & Leadership Workshop is designed to equip and empower girls with the skills and confidence to navigate life successfully, contribute to community and ultimately help contribute to positive life outcomes. Leadership sessions introduce the girls to life and leadership skills through an activity based curriculum that covers self-awareness, self-esteem, goal setting, communication, values and leadership
SHE Summer English Remediation
The English Remediation is a non-residential camp designed to bridge gaps in English language competencies of SHE participants and hedge them against summer learning loss. CKF partners with the Learning and Development department of the Lagos State Ministry of Education to deliver the remediation program.English Language lessons are delivered by teachers from the Education district
SHE Pride Valedictory Event
The SHE Pride Valedictory Event aims to celebrate the transformative journey of the graduating class of SHE participants and inspire them for life after school. Featuring motivational talks from women leaders and reflections from representatives of the graduating class of girls, the event is designed to provide the girls with a memorable SHE closing experience.
Student Eligibility & Selection
SHE participants must be enrolled in a partner Lagos State public school, must be in senior school and must be female. Participants are drawn from arts, commercial and science classes.
Selection is competitive and based on student interest, above-average academic records, and exemplary behaviour. Teacher reference and personal statements are important pieces of the application. Written parental consent is also required for participation in the SHE-Initiative.
Our Current Schools
Akande Dahunsi Memorial Senior High School, Osborne
Wahab Folawiyo Senior High School, Osborne
Dolphin Senior High School, Lagos Island
Ebute-Elefun Senior High School, Lagos Island
Babs Fafunwa Millennium Senior Grammar School, Ojodu
Omole Senior Grammar School, Ojodu
Estate Senior Grammar School, Mushin
Ilupeju Senior Grammar High School, Mushin
Ijeshatedo Senior Grammar School, Okota
Central Senior High School, Okota