Celebrating Innovation and Empowerment: MakeHER Space Closing Ceremonies in Lagos
Lagos, Nigeria. June 6th 2023
In the bustling city of Lagos, the heart of Nigeria’s technological advancement, an extraordinary journey came to a close. The MakeHER Space program, a transformative initiative for secondary school students in the Ikorodu(2 schools – 78 girls) and Surulere (4 schools – 210 girls) areas, culminated in a grand closing ceremony. In this blog post we are excited to share with you the essence of this remarkable event, where innovation, education, and empowerment took center stage.
About MakeHER Space
The MakeHer Spaces project is designed teach selected women and girls to create technology and engineering-based solutions that solve problems in their communities, provide information about career options and exposes them to women working successfully in STEAM. The programme is conducted in Lagos, Kwara, Bauchi, Nasarawa and Abuja. The award winning programme is done by W.TEC across Nigeria with the support from Google.org
Empowering the Next Generation
In an era defined by technological advancements, it is crucial to equip young minds with the skills needed to thrive in the digital/tech age. MakeHER Space, a one-year technology programme, played a vital role in shaping the futures of 288 bright students from various secondary schools across Lagos State. The program focused on electronics and renewable energy, offering students the opportunity to learn and build essential gadgets like power banks, solar power chargers, and rechargeable lamps.
Nurturing Innovation and Creativity
Throughout the school calendar year, the students who participated in the series of hands-on workshops and engaging activities that fostered their innovation and creativity were enrolled in batches each term at the schools. The MakeHER Space programme was designed to ignite the students’ passion for technology and provide them with the necessary skills to excel in this rapidly evolving field. From learning the basics of electronics to harnessing the power of renewable energy, the students embarked on an inspiring journey of discovery.
The Graduation Celebration
The closing ceremony held at Ikorodu was a testament to the students’ hard work, dedication, and remarkable achievements. The event brought together educators, mentors, and proud parents to witness the culmination of a year filled with growth and learning. It was a joyous occasion where the students’ accomplishments were celebrated and acknowledged. Feed back from participants indicate that the girls believe they can fix minor problems with their electronic and rechargeable devices. Many further mentioned that they have a more understanding of the functioning of solar powered devices and possible repairs when faltering.
During the graduation ceremony, outstanding students who distinguished themselves throughout the programme were presented with well-deserved gifts. These young pioneers showcased exceptional talent, creativity, and commitment to their craft. By honoring their achievements, MakeHER Space emphasized the importance of recognizing and nurturing young talent in the field of technology.
Furthermore, the MakeHER Space closing ceremony marked the end of an incredible journey for the secondary school students of Lagos State. Through the programme, these aspiring technologists discovered their potential, gained invaluable skills, and laid the foundation for a bright future. As we bid farewell to this chapter, we eagerly await the next wave of innovators who will shape the technological landscape of Lagos and beyond. We believe MakeHER Space has ignited a spark that will continue to burn brightly in the hearts and minds of these young visionaries, driving them towards a future where their talents and passions can flourish.
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