Inexplicable joy radiates on the faces of parents, guardians and students during the graduation ceremony for Teenagers who had successfully completed training in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics( STEM for SSS) Cohort 2 at the SAIL Innovation Lab.
Many parents who could not hide their excitement, showered gratitude on the co-founders of SAIL Innovation Lab, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru and his wife, Feyisola.
STEM education, which is a specialised training that is often beyond the means of many kids from average and low-income homes, has been made possible by the visionary Senator Abiru and his wife and the Trustees of SAIL Empowerment Foundation.
In his remarks, Senator Abiru urged the graduating students to deepen their quest for knowledge by devoting time to studies and research, particularly in STEM education.
He said, “Today marks a significant milestone in the lives of these young minds who have shown interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is a moment of pride and joy as we reflect on the efforts, curiosity, and unwavering commitment demonstrated by these students throughout their journey.
“As we gather here on this auspicious occasion, let us recognize the progress made by Cohort 2 since its inception in late 2022. From the constituency office of the Lagos East senatorial district to this new ultra-modern facility, the transition may have presented challenges and delays, but it is a testament to your resilience and determination that we celebrate the graduation of 30 outstanding students today.
“Throughout their period of study, these students have not only learnt essential skills in academic and technical knowledge. They have learned to think critically, embrace failure as an opportunity for growth, and collaborate to solve problems that they see in society.
“These are the skills that will enable them to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the STEM fields as they progress in their learning and make meaningful ontributions to society.
“In addition to their academic achievements, it is noteworthy that the students have also delved into the exciting realms of physical computing, robotics, and artificial intelligence. Today, we have the privilege of witnessing some of their projects displayed at this event. These projects showcased their creativity, innovation, and the transformative power of STEM education.
“It is with great pleasure that I announce the expansion of the STEM program to public schools in Lagos East. Currently, eight schools actively participate, with 160 pupils attending the program daily for six weeks. This initiative, which brings together 20 students from each school on weekdays, demonstrates our commitment to providing equal opportunities for all young minds interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
“Looking ahead, I am thrilled to inform you that the call for applications for the next cohort of weekend students has been opened. Apply here: https://bit.ly/sail-stem3
This represents a fantastic opportunity for more aspiring young individuals to embark on their transformative journey through the STEM program at SAIL Innovation Lab.
“Before we conclude, I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to the faculties and organisations that have been instrumental in the success of the STEM program. I want to express my sincere gratitude to STEMCafe and CCHub for their unwavering dedication, support, and efforts in providing quality education and resources to the students. Your commitment to nurturing young talents in the fields of science and technology is truly commendable.
“To the graduating students, as you move forward into the next phase of your learning, remember that the pursuit of knowledge and the quest for innovation are not solitary endeavours. They require dedication, collaboration, diversity of thought, and a shared vision for a better future.
“The challenges we face today, such as climate change, food shortages, global health crises, and technological inequality, are complex and multifaceted. It is only through collective effort that we can overcome these challenges and create a brighter tomorrow.
“You, as SAIL STEM graduates, have a unique opportunity to be the catalysts of change, the pioneers of progress, and the champions of inclusivity. Embrace this opportunity with humility, empathy, dedication, and integrity. Use your acquired skills to bridge gaps, break down barriers, and create a world where everyone can thrive. Be fearless in your pursuit to learn innovation, but also compassionate in your understanding of the impact your work has on society”.
Dignitaries present include Dr. (Otunba) Saheed Oladapo Ibikunle, Special Adviser to the Senator on Constituency Matters, Mr Deji Abisola, Consultant to the Senator on SAIL Innovation Lab, Hon Abdulateef Rotimi Abiru and Prof Surajudeen O. Mudasiru, a professor of Political Science at the Lagos State University, LASU, Mr Johnson Abbaly of SMARTEENs, Mr Enitan Olukotun, Media Aide to the Senator, among many others.
Parents, Students Thanked Senator Abiru.
Alhaji Saheed Adeoye, Mr Efe Eruotor-Pat, Mrs Ogunbowale Christiana and Dr Abiodun Fatai-Abatan were among the parents that commended Senator Abiru and his wife for setting up SAIL Innovation Lab.
Mr. Eruotor-Pat, who hailed from Delta but lives in Lagos East Senatorial District said that the programme cut across ethnic groups without any bias. He commended Senator Abiru for being a detribalized leader with a pan-Nigerian mindset.
SAIL Innovation Lab Story In Brief.
SAIL Innovation Lab started operations in 2022 from the Constituency office of the Senator whilst the permanent ultra-modern facility was under construction. The permanent site located at 1, Muba Abiru Street, used to be the heritage home of the Abiru family before the family gladly made it available for the SAIL Innovation Lab project. The project has been handed over to independent Trustees of the SAIL Empowerment Foundation.
Senator Abiru and his wife who are the co-founders of the project as part of their endowment to the people of the Lagos East Senatorial district, believed that young people must be provided with the opportunity to learn tech, and digital skills which have been the currency of the present fourth industrial revolution age. Africa’s renowned innovation and tech company, Cc-Hub is the technical partner that manages SAIL Innovation Hub 100% for the Trustees of SAIL Empowerment Foundation.