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How firm’s STEM investment is supporting out-of-school pupils

In a bid to support government’s efforts to reduce out-of-school children in the society, Cherry Eromosele speaks on how Interswitch’s partnership with non-governmental organisation, Slum2School, is transforming the lives of less-privileged children through Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  Excerpts of the interview by KOFOWOROLA BELO-OSAGIE.
What is the nature and scope of Interswitch partnership with Slum2school?
The scope of our partnership with Slum2school basically is to drive the study of STEM subjects by pupils across different ages and social categories, and also to build skills and talents based around STEM. This commitment is further reinforced by Interswitch’s social investment at the Innovation Lab. The laboratory was equipped with laptops, books and other learning materials, to enable pupils in slum communities to have access to technology education. Interswitch built and has managed the Innovation Lab since May 2018.
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Will the recent four-day coding programme be one-off?
Programmes like this will continue over time because it is in line with our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy where investment in Education is one of our strategic pillars, with a special focus on promoting STEM
What opportunities will the beneficiaries have to use the coding skills they have acquired?
The opportunities in coding are immense. The world is now very technology-driven, and it has been asserted in many quarters that in the next five to 10 years, practically all jobs will be technology-based to some extent. Generally, coding is an important skill needed for the future, so all interested students should have a grasp of it.
Are there plans to increase the number of beneficiaries above 30?
This is not off the table, as we progress. We are very resolute about our commitment to developing and promoting STEM education, and  amongst other initiatives we are championing in this area, we are open to exploring ways by which we can continue to enrich and consolidate this initiative with slum2school.
Are there plans to provide ICT facilities in the schools that serve Slum2School pupils?   
We are excited about the progress that is being made, and would unveil our forthcoming plans relating to the programme in the fullness of time.
 








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