Interswitch challenges Makoko Kids on solutions to Africa’s problems
Pan-African digital payment company, Interswitch Group, through its foundation, has collaborated with the Slum2School Initiative to mentor school children in a mentorship masterclass held in Makoko.
Held at the STEM and Innovation lab, Adekunle Primary School, Makoko-Yaba, the mentorship session is a vehicle of the Interswitch Group’ Employee Volunteer Network under the Interswitch Foundation, and it is dedicated to raising young people who will solve Africa’s problems.
Themed: ‘Turning Problems into Opportunities: The African Narrative’, the event, which is the maiden edition of the mentorship masterclass was well attended by children living in Makoko.
Speaking at the event, Head, CSR and Events, Interswitch, Emuobosa Akpene, siad the masterclass session was an avenue to nurture the untapped potentials in African children as problem solvers.
“There are so many underlying potentials within you and Interswitch believes in your abilities. We are counting on you to solve Africa’s problems,” she said.
The principal mentor of the day, Group Head, Business Transformation and Excellence, Interswitch Group, Ehia Erhaboh, encouraged the students to identify opportunities in every problem. He supported his charge with inspiring videos of young Africans who had made huge impact in their communities.
Erhaboh further urged the students to always be ready to help and think of ways to make life better in their community. “More importantly, you must learn to take action. No matter how much knowledge you have, it would all go to waste if you do not act,” he added.