VCDF and Lagos State Ministry of Education Ignite Young Minds with Science Exhibition

VCDF and Lagos State Ministry of Education host a science exhibition to inspire young minds and promote innovation for a sustainable future

VCDF and Lagos State Ministry of Education Ignite Young Minds with Science Exhibition

In a bid to bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world applications, Vcare for Development Foundation (VCDF), a not-for-profit organisation based in Lagos, partnered with Lagos State Ministry of Education to organise a science exhibition themed ‘Global Science for Global Wellbeing’ at Government Senior College, Ikoyi, Eti-Osa LGA, Lagos on World Science Day, November 27, 2023.

The exhibition aimed to engage young minds in scientific activities, promoting innovation among students for a sustainable future. A total of 13 projects from 8 schools were selected to present their projects at the finale, reaching out to 762 students and 22 teachers in Lagos Island.

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The students developed scientific models, with themes centered around the Sustainable Development Goals: Affordable and Clean Energy, and Climate Action. Winners were declared based on the projects’ feasibility, creativity, and potential impact on sustainability and were facilitated with scientific models and tools.

Dignitaries in attendance included Dr. Mrs. Olufunke Oyetola – Tutor General/Permanent Secretary (TGPS), Lagos State Ministry of Education, District III, Mr. Pot Sessi-Balogun – Head, Public-Private Partnership, Lagos State Ministry of Education, and Mr. Hassan Ogunfuyi – Representative of Director, Science & Technology, Lagos State Ministry of Education.

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Dr. Mrs. Olufunke Oyetola, TGPS, Dist.III expressed, ‘This endeavour isn’t merely about showcasing scientific experiments; it’s about nurturing their skill sets to excel in life. Science plays a pivotal role in enhancing the quality of life, and such initiatives provide the future generation with the much-needed direction to turn their ideas into reality.’

Mr. Pot Sessi-Balogun, added, ‘Scientific literacy is important for assisting the future generation with tools and knowledge to navigate the complexities of the changing world. Science teaches students to solve problems, which consequently gives them an edge over others to thrive.’

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VCDF’s vision goes beyond this event to empowering young people with 21st-century skill sets. Thus far, VCDF has reached out to more than 5500 students and 260 teachers in Lagos with various educational enhancement interventions and teacher capacity-building workshops for the inclusive development of the young generation.