Maryam Abeeb, Abuja
An Educationist , Mrs Omolara Adedugbe,and the Executive Director, MD Schools, Agege, says every school must key into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the world and future to be better.
Adedugbe made the declaration during the school’s 2020 Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Fair in Lagos .
The STEAM Fair is focused on pupils’ designed projects on how to solve global challenges.
STEAM education is basically an important aspect of education meant for preparing learners for jobs of the future.
She said that there was no meaningful progress in whatever sector any country’s economy could attain if schools failed to expose the younger generation to the importance of the SDGs.
“What is happening here today is the fact that we as a school have realised that education should be geared toward the future of the children.
“This is because we have also found out that most times, when people are through with their university education, majority of what they have learnt, are already obsolete.
“So, we decided to start preparing our own children toward their future and the future we are talking about is in STEAM.
“The main reason why we have put this fair together is for these children to link up with the UN’s SDGs early enough,” Adedugbe said.
She added that these goals had been designed to address global challenges and students should start thinking critically on ways of proffering solutions now or in the future.
“Catching them young is critical as this will go a long way in shaping the way children respond to issues around them.
”We have all the classes here participating in this fair, including the baby class. Even though they may not have a deep understanding of the concept, it will lay a foundation for them.
“For example, in the very lower class, the pupils have worked on reduction of hunger as their own project because these children know about hunger and how they can prevent it,” Adedugbe said.
She mentioned that other projects such as ‘Life Below Water’, had to do with water pollution which killed a lot of animals under water.
“Today’s exhibition is to showcase the need to reduce pollution in the water and work on hygiene, especially in the face of the coronavirus disease outbreak in the world,” Adedugbe said.
She lauded the pupils for their ingenuity in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation Fair, which meant the future was indeed bright for them.
Also speaking, Mr Emmanuel Oladele, Zonal Director, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Ifako-Ijaiye Zone, said the fair had shown that there was indeed a future for humanity.
“What we have seen here today; the way these children are keying into these UN SDGs; it goes to show that the future is bright for them.
“This fair is an eye opener which will increase awareness and subsequently ensures that all hands are on deck to secure the prospect of the future generation.
“That is why government is showing its support and constantly reviewing the curriculum to be in tandem with the demands of the 21st century.
“There is a global trend in science and technology that is non- destructive to the natural environment and government is creating this awareness and promoting renewable environment that will encourage people to manage resources very well,” he said.