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Edugist organises science quiz competition for girls ahead of IDWGS 2023

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Ahead of the 2023 International Day of Women and Girls in Science (IDWGS), Edugist, an independent impact media organisation telling the story of education in Africa, has organised a science quiz competition for girls in Lagos community schools at Ebute-metta on Friday, February 10, 2023.

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is an annual event organised February 11th to promote full, equal access and participation of females in STEM fields.

The schools that participated in the quiz competition include: Ansarudeen College, Branded College, Longford International School and Seylek City College.

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The quiz competition which was tailored for secondary school science students in SS2 featured general knowledge and core science subjects such as mathematics, physics and chemistry.

After three rounds of questions in each of the subjects, Seylek City School emerged winner with a cumulative score of 49 points, while the remaining schools came in the runners up categories.

The first runner up, Longford International School, emerged with a cumulative score of 45 points. Branded College and Ansarudeen college emerged second and third runners up, each with cumulative scores of 42 and 36 respectively.

Speaking to Edugist, Lawal Kaothar, a student of Ansarudeen College, spoke of her enthusiasm for science and technology. “I am a girl, I am courageous and I can do anything I set my mind on,” she said.

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Following the quiz competition, Payday cofounder Yvonne Obike engaged the attendees, comprising female secondary school students and their teachers, on what the future holds for girls in science.

Yvonne said many opportunities exist in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. She added that it is important for girls in science to invest in building their skills and growing their passion in order to take on these opportunities.

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She affirmed that as a girl, it is fine if you do not know what you want to become now. What is important, she said, is to focus on walking the path without pressure.

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In his remarks, stressing the importance of education, Edugist CEO Elvis Boniface urged the girls to project themselves well for the myriad of opportunities available in education, science and technology.

He appreciated the guests, teachers, students and staffers present.

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