As part of its commitment to skills development in Nigeria, Henkel Nigeria has launched its “Forscherwelt” global education initiative.
Forscherwelt or “Researchers’ World” is a learning initiative designed by the organization to introduce elementary school children to the world of science through specific learning objectives to make research fun.
At the launch, which was held at the Ibadan People’s Primary School, the company further reiterated its commitment to skills development, especially in science, technology, engineering and of mathematics (STEM).
The Oyo State Government congratulated Henkel on this achievement and praised the steps it has taken to help develop future scientific talent in the state and the country as a whole.
Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Chairman Dr Nureni Adeniran said the launch of Forscherwelt demonstrates Henkel’s commitment to empowering young talent and helping them thrive in the communities it operates.
Adeniran, represented by Deputy Director of School Services, SUBEB, Saheed Aliu, pledged government support for the success of the Forscherwelt program, while expressing hope that the initiative would be extended to other schools in the state.
Oyo State Ministry of Youth and Sports representative Alade Bello, who is the director, administrator and procurement, said that with the bold step taken by Henkel, the positive effect would manifest itself in the overall development of the state in the years to come.
Bello called for a partnership between the cabinet and the ministry to deliver more laudable programs to empower more students.
German Consul General Dr Bernd von Munchow-Pohl said the initiative is a reflection of their determination to contribute to the development of the different communities and countries where they do business.
He added that with the launch, more Nigerian primary school students would be encouraged to get involved in the world of scientific research.
Henkel Nigeria Managing Director Rajat Kapur said the initiative reflects the focal points of the company’s research areas and will drive its involvement in community relations.
He said the company plans to empower young talent, giving them the support they need to thrive in their different communities. This, he said, is the reason the launch took place at the People’s Primary School, as it is located in the surrounding community where its Ibadan factory is based.
The head of the company said that since the inauguration at Henkel’s headquarters in Düsseldorf in April 2011, more than 62,000 children around the world have participated in its Forscherwelt programs and he hopes that Nigerian schoolchildren will benefit from the initiative.
The Coordinator of the Organization for the Technological Empowerment of Girls and Women (GWTEO), a non-governmental organization, Damilola Asaleye, said it was a privilege to partner with Henkel to develop children’s capacities through the program.
She said GWTEO is focused on empowering girls and women to become bold, confident and knowledgeable technology leaders, adding that the group believes in exposing STEM activities to children from an early age. .