Nigeria – The Lagos State Government is set to boost the teaching and learning of Science and Technology in public schools with the recent launch of the ‘STEAM UP LAGOS’ project at the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Lekki.
Speaking at the event, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Education, Ms. Adetola Salau, noted that the project underscores the importance of technology in secondary schools.
Sanwo-Olu said, “The project was designed to improve the teaching, learning processes and outcomes in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) across the six Education Districts in the State. This would be done through four thematic areas – STEAM curriculum design and integration, teacher training and engagement, creation of STEAM clubs and the engagement of pupils and students in STEAM-related extracurricular activities”.
Reiterating that the project is aimed at moving learning from ‘Note-Memorisation’ to practical hands-on engagement while bridging the skills gap, the Governor stressed that the project will teach students to develop design thinking skills and creative thinking mind-sets aimed at raising a generation of young Lagosians, who will be technopreneurs and innovators.
Dignitaries present at the convention included Mr. Okanlawon Sanni, Chairman, Lagos State House Committee on Education; Mr. Lanre Afinni, Chairman, House Committee on Science and Technology; Mr. Sam Egube, Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget; Mr. Hakeem Fahm, Commissioner for Science and Technology; while the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo was represented by the Director, Public-Private Partnership Unit, Mr. Adebayo Adeyemi.
Other personalities at the occasion were Special Adviser on Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Bayo Sodade; Permanent Secretary, Science and Technology, Ms. Yinka Fashola; Permanent Secretary, Economic Planning and Budget, Mrs. Abiola Liadi; the representative of the US Consular-General, Ms. Jennifer Foltz and representatives of GIZ, Mr. Babafemi and Ms Chinazo Okoye.
The programme was also attended by students and teachers from the six education districts in the State, education managers and stakeholders among others.