Climate Change: Nerdzfactory takes advocacy to Lagos schools
Students in public secondary schools in Lagos state will serve as model ambassadors for the global climate change advocacy being championed by Nerdzfactory Foundation, a public sector advisory firm. As part of the initiative, a flag off event was held at the Lagos City College Hall, Yaba on October 31st with the launch of “sustainable clubs,” in the schools.
Students from six schools within the Yaba axis participated in the event, which included the announcement of an essay competition that will kick off on November 6.
While addressing the students, the Senior Special Assistant on Education to the Governor, Adetola Salau said that climate change is a real phenomenon that should be understood rather than dismissed.
“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,” she said.
The 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 needs sustainable climate intervention.
Ade Olowojoba, founding partner at Nerdzfactory 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. “No matter how little, every positive action for a better environment counts.”
Also at the event were representatives from Access Bank (sponsor); Lagos State Ministry of Education; Nigeria Climate Innovation Center (NCIC) and Nerdzfactory Foundation team members.
Nerdzfactory is a human capital development organization driven by the mission that for long-lasting change in the world, human capital needs to be developed.