Through Schools Intervention Programmes, Lagos plans to prepare students for adulthood

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Folashade Adefisayo, Lagos State Commissioner for Education
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An initiative of the Lagos State Government tagged the Schools Intervention Programmes (SIP) is poised to encourage students to be more productive as they prepare for adulthood.

The SIP had been set aside to empower them with tools to redirect their minds from premarital sex to an option of developing innate skills and talents through scientific inventions of economic value.

This is as the Lagos State Government expressed its commitment to creating more developmental and invention programmes to prepare students for a greater future.

The Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, at the “Lagos SIP”, Season II, stated that the SIP initiative, introduced in 2007 and formerly referred to as Jamfeast, was designed to redirect the minds of students from immoral escapades towards invention and entrepreneurship for self- discovery and future economic independence.

The Commissioner, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja, stressed that the Lagos State Government, in line with the THEMES Agenda, is placing more emphasis on invention and entertainment to discover hidden talents in our youths.

She noted that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is determined to assist them achieve their full potentials.

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Mrs Adefisayo added that the State Government would continue to raise the bar with measures put in place for the continuous success of the Lagos SIP.

She called on Stakeholders and Corporate Organizations to partner with the State Government in promoting inventions of these students globally.

Earlier, the Director, Private Education and Special Programmes, Mr Adeyemi Adebayo, in his welcome address, affirmed that this strategy, SIP, in the last one decade have proven to be effective and many of the inventions exhibited by the students over the years have won the State laurels at National and International Competitions.

Mr Adeyemi Adebayo emphasized that most of the student-inventors have graduated in various fields of study while others are excelling and have distinguished themselves in entrepreneurship and various self- sustaining vocations.

”Many have also become employers of labour rather than being employed or job seeking” he added.

Adebayo urged the students to be focused and shun all vices, adding that in all challenges, there are opportunities and the time to brace up is now.

Highpoints of this year’s School Invention Platform “SIP” was the presentation of prizes to the First, Second and Third positions respectively in the different categories of Inventions, Poetry, Drama, Choreography and Songs.

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At the Overall positioning, Education District I clinched the first position while second and third positions were won by Education Districts IV and V respectively.

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