The Lagos State government has said its priority is for more female students in public schools to study science through the Eko Excel initiative.
The Executive Chairman of the Universal Basic Education Council of Lagos State, Mr. Wahab Alawiye-King, said so in a statement to commemorate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022 on Thursday.
He said, “Eko Excel harnesses innovation and science to improve both students and teachers in Lagos Public Schools, so encouraging more women to study science is a priority for us.
“Nigerian Amazon women have made great strides in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and we want to promise that the initiative will continue to create an enabling environment for female students. “
Alawiye-King added that more women need to be represented in science and technology fields.
“The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated on February 11, aims to amplify the essential role that women and girls can play in science and technology. It also promotes equal opportunity, as women remain underrepresented among top scientists in universities and in leadership positions in the workplace.
“A 2021 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization scientific report showed that women receive less research funding than men and are less likely to be promoted, and in the sector Also in the private sector, women are less present in managerial and technical roles in corporate industries. This lack of equal opportunity in the workplace drives women away from research professions,” he said. declared.
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