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In a bid to solving problems that affect people in their communities using renewable energy solutions, participants were given daily challenges during the camp and the girls demonstrated their level of intelligence and understanding by building demo projects to generate electricity using solar, wind and hydro sources from the knowledge they had acquired in the course of the training sessions.
In a chat with our correspondent, the Marketing Communications Manager, Anglophone Africa, Viviane Mike-Eze said “At Schneider Electric, we believe in that saying which states that when you educate a woman, you educate a nation. This is why we are very passionate about initiatives that help empower women and girls. It is also absolutely incredible what these young girls are capable of; their display of sheer focus and commitment is clear evidence that the future is indeed bright. “We also see the difference The Visiola Foundation can make in this regard and we are glad to have been the headline sponsor of the 2017 STEM summer camp for teenage girls. Aside the financial support, we ensured that the girls had access to our top resource personnel on renewable energy and we hope to find a way to sustain this effort because we understand the impact good mentorship will have in the lives of these girls.” Viviane stated.
In her response, President and Co- founder, Visiola Foundation, Lade Araba stated that the goal of the foundation is to help improve the current quality of education such that youths move from a focus on low-skill, low-value, and low-wage jobs, to building technical skills and expertise so as to have access to globally significant, high-skill, high-value, and high-wage jobs. “It is exchanging the reactive, humanitarian approach with a proactive industrialization attitude that seeks to build a solid foundation of technically competent labour to design solutions to the myriad of problems in our countries.” Lade stated.
In addition to the technical training, the girls were also taught the importance of team work, believing in themselves and speaking with confidence.