The event started at about 10:30am in the students’ examination hall of the host school (Mariamoh Ajiri). Though the hall was small compared with the number of IGNITE Students in attendance, we were able to manage the crowd.
The new IGNITE Flag made by the school IGNITE club was mounted. Students, coordinators and invited guests, all stood to recite / read the National Anthem & the IGNITE Anthem / Poem. The event proper started at exactly 10:45am as the audience was seated to listen to Edith, the Principal of the host School direct / minister of the event.
Binta presented papers on “Why Should Young Girls Participate More in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)” Read Binta’s paper here.
The event started with the IGNITE Katsina members (Girls) reading IGNITE Anthem/ Poem, as constructed by Abdulraheem:
YOU ARE OUR PATH TO BECOMING AN EXPERT ON THE FIELD OF STEM
Abdulraheem gave the opening remarks. The presenter gave her talk, the student asked questions and were all interviewed on how IGNITE has contributed to their studies. The proprietor of the school gave a few words of counseling to the girls. IGNITE Club coordinators each spoke out. More schools in Katsina voted to have IGNITE as a club in their schools and Abdulraheem assured them that the IGNITE program would be inaugurated in their schools soon. It all ended with a talk from the school IGNITE Club president, a presentation from the Matron and group pictures.
The last part of the workshop was equally interesting, the girls made it all as they contribute immensely. I quote their words, and I know you will all like it. Hear what the IGNITE Katsina School Club students say:
“I used to considered all the courses in STEM field as men affairs. I now know that what man can do, a woman can do better. As a girl and a woman to be, I would do more better. IGNITE connects me with women experts and I know more” = FIRDAUS IBRAHIM MUHEEB (SS1 Class)
“Choosing a career in STEM field is a helping profession that build communities and transform nations. I am happy to be in IGNITE Program” = HAUWA SANI (JSS2 Class)
“That STEM Courses need to be taught by engaged and enthusiastic teachers using hands-on and minds-on activities: makes STEM teachers to be noble. I like my teachers because they teach me well” = HINDATU USMAN (SS2 Class)
Abdulraheem A. O.
Read about more Katsina Events on their Chapter Page.