In a bid to encourage interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among vulnerable young children, we partnered with STEM In Africa (SIA) at its just concluded conference, themed “Identifying and Breaking Barriers”. The conference focused on promoting interest in science through exciting experiments and workshops for disadvantaged children, which held simultaneously at 3 different locations; Medplus Pharmacy Lekki, CIS Lekki and Connoisseurs Ikoyi, from 10am till 2pm on Tuesday, July 16, 2020 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Public health and safety measures such as mandatory mask-wearing, social distancing guides and hand washing stations were put in place for the children and the volunteers. Our lab scientists took part in several activities including experiments and workshops which kept the children engaged and learning in a safe, fun and relaxed environment. The children received the opportunity to ask pertinent questions, get hands on with the experiments and have their career related questions answered by our volunteers.
It is our belief as an organisation that all children should have an equal opportunity to learn. For us, as a health technology company, we understand the usefulness and great potential that lie in the fields of science and technology and we want to play a role in building future generations who will drive a change in Africa and the global population, for the better. As such, we are so pleased to have partnered with SIA (STEM in Africa), a Nonprofit organisation whose core purpose is dedicated to this cause. We applaud their efforts and are honoured to have supported the event.