Access Bank, Nerdz Factory  Collaborate on Climate Change

Sunday Okobi

Students in public secondary schools in Lagos State will serve as model ambassadors for the global climate change advocacy being championed by financial giant, Access Bank, and NerdzFactory Foundation, a non-profit organisation working to improve access to quality education and skills, and gender equality.

As part of the initiative, a flag-off event was held at the Lagos City College Hall in Yaba with the launch of ‘The climate change and environmental sustainability clubs’, which will equip at least 2,000 students and teachers across 50 schools in the state.

Students from 10 schools within the Yaba axis participated in the launch event yesterday, which included the announcement of a climate essay competition.

The schools in attendance included Lagos City Senior College; Jibowu Junior High School; Wesley Girls Senior Secondary School; Aje Comprehensive Senior High School; Mobolaji Bank Anthony Junior High School; Birrel Avenue Senior High School; and Wesley Girls Junior Secondary School.

While addressing the students, the Senior Special Assistant on Education to the state Governor, Adetola Salau, said climate change is a real phenomenon that should be understood rather than dismissed.

According to her, “Since it is you and possibly your children who will be the ones dealing with the effects of climate change in about 30 years’ time, it is important for you to be interested and become engaged from now.”

The organisers noted that climate change and sustainability clubs are designed to educate teachers, students, and school leaders on environmental sustainability and climate change education, while also encouraging STEM and green careers among young people. The initiative is coming at a time when the world and the state need sustainable climate intervention.

Also at the event, the Director, NerdzFactory Foundation,  Ade Olowojoba, referred to the current nationwide flood crisis as a reason why more attention should be paid to climate change issues in Nigeria.

He charged the students to not be passive about the environment but always take action, adding: “No matter how little, every positive action for a better environment counts.”

According to the Head, Group Sustainability at Access Corporation, Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan, “Climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity today, and Access Corporation remains committed to investing in climate change education to drive environmental sustainability.

“Drawing from our experience in championing climate change initiatives over two decades, we have come to the realisation that there is a need to expand the knowledge base and deepen the interest of the younger generation in climate change issues if we are to stand any chance of sustaining positive impact. Hence, we are proud to be partnering NerdzFactory to launch the climate change and sustainability clubs. It is our desire to scale this pilot initiative and extend our footprint across other geo-political zones over the next few years.”

Representatives of Access Bank (sponsor); Lagos State Ministry of Education; Nigeria Climate Innovation Centre (NCIC) and the NerdzFactory Foundation team members were amomg those who graced the event.

NerdzFactory Foundation is dedicated to giving young adults across Africa/Nigeria with 21st century technology skills needed to innovate, become self-reliant and also create jobs for themselves and others while also equipping them with knowledge and skills on how to ensure environmental sustainability.

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