APWEN awards new scholarships, name scheme after COREN president
Poised to address exclusion of the women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), ten additional pupils who shown interest in the field, have been awarded scholarship to study from primary to university level by Association of Professional Women Engineers (APWEN) in partnership with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The beneficiaries were picked through the “Invent it, build it programme”, a girl child education event whose target groups are girls aged 8-10 years in classes five and six, upper primary school level in the north central geo-political zones of the country.
So far, the associated has hosted the programme in five states namely; Bauchi (North east), Edo state (SS), Ogun State (SW), Kano (North West), Anambra(SE) and at the sixth state , which is Kogi state, awarding scholarships to 61 pupils and still counting with science and technology laboratory at about 80 per cent completion at Misau, Bauchi state.
At the sixth edition of the event held in Lea primary school, Ofugo Ankpa Kogi State, in honour of the president of the Council of Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria Kashim Alli, APWEN President, Felicia Agubata said Alli’s humble beginning and success story is being showcased, to inspire pupils to go into the field that will lead them to a career in engineering because STEM is an economic driver and engineers are problem solvers.
The ten pupils from selected primary schools in Kogi State performed experiments with guidance by APWEN members along with an interactive/sensitization session for parents, guardians and teachers to inspire positive attitude and support for females in the pursuit of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Also a foundation laying ceremony was done for the provision of a modern Science and Technology laboratory for LEA primary school, Ankpa that will be named Kashim Ali Science and Technology Laboratory. The Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN) and its partners, the NNPC, are constructing the project.
Agubata appreciated NNPC for its support in ensuring that the programme covers the six-geo political zones of Nigeria despite still having two states of Borno and Akwa Ibom outstanding in the first phase.
In his remarks, the president, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Kashim Alli said educating the girl child translates to better health for the future generation, reduction in child morbidity and mortality, thus, triggering a snowball effect of achieving all other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)in a viable manner.
According to him, the general benefits for the girl child in engineering would be acquisition of knowledge and skill set, elimination of inferiority complex, refining self-confidence, financial independence, healthy competition with peers, promotion of creativity and innovativeness and national and economic development.
He advocated that the Child’s Rights Act should be strengthened and implemented in all states. This would go a long way in checkmating indiscriminate child abuse.
“If the girls are not educated, they remain dependent on their parents before marriage, on their husbands after marriage, and on their children if eventually their husbands die. For the numerous feats and more to come, I applaud the leadership and entire membership of APWEN. Always be conscious of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s saying, which goes thus: “In our society, the women who break down barriers are those who ignore limits”. Thus, I challenge you to be a go-getter. With commitment, always ensure you’re purpose-driven”, he said.
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