MTN Foundation (MTNF) has over the years consistently made efforts to give back to society through various initiatives focused on youth development and empowerment.
One of these initiatives is the MTNF Science & Technology Laboratory Project, where MTN Foundation assessed the need to strengthen academic performance in public secondary schools, by improving learning outcomes of key science subjects.
Here are five things every young Nigerian should know about the MTNF Science & Technology Laboratory Project.
1. What is MTNF Science & Technology Laboratory Project about?
MTNF Science & Technology Laboratory Project is an initiative of the MTN Foundation. It was conceived to strengthen science and technology education through the remodelling of Science Labs in public secondary schools.
Throughout the years, the Foundation has donated laboratory furniture for students and teachers; installed modern science and technology equipment for each of the laboratories, and provided one year of supply of consumables consisting of materials, chemicals and reagents.
2. It is for Science & Technology Students:
The initiative has a simple focus, it is designed to improve teaching standards and learning outcomes of key science subjects such as physics, chemistry and biology, in public secondary schools.
MTN Foundation, through the Science & Technology Laboratory Project has successfully implemented various science laboratory projects in more than seven public schools, across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
3. In its second phase:
The MTNF Science & Technology Laboratory Project is currently in its second phase, with four secondary schools emerging recipients – Government Secondary School Owerri, St Augustine College, Igbuzor, St. Aquinas College, Akure and Queens College, Lagos.
In 2013, the first phase of the MTNF Science & Technology Laboratory Project began with the renovation of 22 science laboratories spread across six geopolitical regions.
The beneficiary schools were selected following rigorous assessment of Expressions of Interest (EOI) by their state Ministries of Education to the Foundation.
4. Supports Government efforts
The MTNF Science & Technology Laboratory Project is one of MTN Foundation’s initiatives designed to complement Government’s efforts around youth development through the renovation of science labs in public secondary schools.
5. Focus on creating value
This initiative is highly commendable because it not only provides science laboratories and school materials, the Foundation also facilitates training for the school teachers and lab attendants, in order to provide comprehensive user-training to the students.