The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE or The Exchange) has unveiled its Adopt-A-School initiative with the commissioning of a Learning and Development Centre donated to Oke Odo Junior College, Abule Egba, Lagos. The initiative is an educational intervention by the NSE aimed at addressing the challenges experienced by schools in Nigeria through facility and process improvement, teachers’ empowerment and students’ intellectual advancement.
Speaking on the initiative, the Executive Director, Capital Market, NSE, Mr. Haruna Jalo-Waziri said “The Exchange is committed to driving the delivery of quality education and improving the financial literacy of the communities we serve. The Adopt-A-School initiative is one of the many ways we continue to improve learning in our educational system.”
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According to Mr. Jalo-Waziri, the Learning and Development Centre at Oke Odo Junior College is one of the programmes in the pilot phase of the NSE Adopt-A-School initiative. “The Exchange is committed to implementing a three prong programme that include; establishing a learning and development centre, organizing career workshops for students and providing trainings for teachers on soft skills, information & communication technology and financial intelligence. In this pilot phase, we have been able to also provide trainings for 52 teachers and organized career workshops for 250 students”.
On the choice of the school, Mr. Jalo-Waziri, explained that the selection of Oke Odo Junior College as the first beneficiary of this intervention was based on rigorous needs analysis and assessment of schools in Lagos, carried out in conjunction with E-Green Services, a social enterprise firm.
The Lagos State Government, represented by Mr. A.J Ojo, Education District 1, Lagos, commended the NSE for its strategic contribution to the development of the society through the Adopt-A-School programme. “It is very heart-warming to have The NSE make such a remarkable transformation here at the Oke Odo, Junior College. Today, The Exchange has addressed the issue of providing a conducive learning environment and capacity building for teachers which form the bedrock of qualitative Education globally. We are indeed grateful and we hope that this partnership continues for long term.”
The Nigerian Stock Exchange leverages its unique position as one of the leading Exchanges in Africa, to promote sustainability along the four key impact areas of Marketplace, its platform for promoting market-based approach to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) imperatives; Community, where it makes contributions to positively impact lives; Workplace, through which it facilitates diversity, well being and harness the talent and skills of its people; and the Environment as it focuses on reducing the Exchange’s environmental impact.