NGO NURTURES CHILDREN INVESTORS WITH INNOVATIVE COMPETITION

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NGO NURTURES CHILDREN INVESTORS WITH INNOVATIVE COMPETITION
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Determined to nurture future investors, a frontline Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), The I Create Club has celebrated some children for their exceptional performance in the 2019 annual entrepreneurship competition among primary schools in Nigeria on innovation and creativity.

This year’s competition, in line with the National financial inclusion strategy of the federal government, was supported by Vitafoam Nigeria Plc, a leading manufacturer of rigid foams and allied products.

The catch-them -young entrepreneurship competition is also consistent with The I Create Club’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which places premium on nurturing children investors and entrepreneurs as leaders of tomorrow.

The Club hosted an Award Ceremony for the outstanding pupils, on “Letter to Mom”

and production of frame at Sheraton Hotels, Lagos, at the weekend. The event was laced with the celebration of Mother’s Day which focuses on virtues of motherhood. A female panel discussed good parenting, balancing of finances, fashion and how to keep up with good looks and fit as mothers.

Addressing the participants at the ceremony, the founder and initiator of The I Create Club, Mrs Eniola Afolayan stated that creativity knew no boundary and that was why this year’s child challenge was taken to a different level to focus on what made mother special to a child. The theme for this year is “letter to Mom: Dear Mom.

Afolayan explained that the whole idea was to discover children whose write-ups indicated that a bond exists between them and their mothers. She stated further that this brought about the need for the children to undergo a lesson in recycling as they were taught how to transform old cartons into how to frame personalized letters to their mothers.

She noted that the 30 competing primary schools were drawn from Lagos State. According to her, each school had two winners, the best pupil in a letter to the mother and the best in frame design while mothers of the two winners from each school were invited for the special treat. The child with the overall best frame and letter were the only pupils invited to the event.

Corroborating her, Vitafoam’s Group Product Manager, Mrs Rachel Ogolo, explained that the company was driven by creativity, innovation and the urge to give back to the society, at all levels.

Ogolo noted Vitafoam’s support for the lofty vision of The I create club was informed by the need to expose our children to the relevance of innovation and creativity as necessary attributes of an entrepreneur.

According to her, a good entrepreneur is also a good investor. She explained that the role of mothers as building block of the nation cannot be ignored as they play pivotal roles in the upbringing of children.

“Vitafoam as an organization believes in creativity. It is part of our core values; we believe in family, we believe in giving back to our society. Our entire business relies on
creativity and we know that when people have good rest, it enhances creativity. And looking at our environment, the level of unemployment is increasing continuously and we felt that we should start teaching
our kids at a tender age entrepreneurial skills so that when they graduate, nobody will be looking for jobs. This is one of the reasons for supporting The I Create Club.

“We must appreciate the roles of mothers at each stage of child’s development. A girl who has published her book at age seven must have got inspiration from many sources, including the mother. The vision to create things emanates from a very tender age. We also need to leverage this year’s Mother’s Day to celebrate our mothers. That is the essence of the panel’s discussion .”, Ogolo said.

An expert in financial management and former Chief Executive Officer of Chevron Close Pension Fund Administration, Mrs Obafunke Adeyefa who spoke on “balancing your Finances” advised mothers to have streams of income and intentionally cultivate a good savings habits to support their family during a time of emergency.

“In order to balance your finances, it presupposes that you have a stream of income. Every woman needs to have a strong income base. This will serves as security for the family against unplanned
event. You need to cultivate the habit of intentionally saving because savings and investment will help you against your later years of unproductivity. Also, you must have projects that you are saving towards and
avoid getting into debts.”, Adeyefa said.

The mother of the child author of ‘The Lion Comes to Town’, Mrs.Gatiri Asaolu, expressed delight at the initiative to celebrate mothers in a unique way and thanked the organizers for the opportunity
given her child , Miss Ogeoluwa Adebayo of Livingspring School, Awoyaya to read  best letter.

Two winners per school emerged. The child with most creative frame won a fun for two- hour cooking session at Reddish Chronicles which is a culinary school while the one with the best letter won the invitation to Sheraton for the Mother’s Day among others.

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