As part of its support for education as a critical sector for Nigeria’s growth and development, Union Bank has announced the first edition of an annual two-day education fair tagged: Edu360
The event themed ‘Investing in the Future,’ according to a statement by the bank, is designed to attract audiences across the education ecosystem including investors, parents, school owners, teachers and students who will benefit from robust discussions covering investments, school choice and financing options for parents.
Although no date has been fixed, Edu360 will also feature an exhibition where service providers in the education sector will showcase their products and services, facilitate fun learning workshops for students, as well as extensive training sessions to equip the 21st century teacher.
Speaking on the initiative, Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank, Emeka Emuwa said it is in recognition of “the critical role of the education sector in our economy.
“Edu360 is a platform to facilitate much needed investments in the sector, capacity building for teachers and collaboration of parents and educators on child development and curriculum,” he added.
In 2017, Union Bank made a commitment to drive private sector engagement to deliver Nigeria’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the Next100 initiative; highlighting SDG 4 – Quality Education as one of the areas in which it intends to drive impact.
Access to the event, the statement said, is free and open to members of the public.
It is a follow up to the recently organised the Campus Innovation Challenge to encourage innovation among students of Nigerian tertiary institutions.
Following a rigorous selection process, the top three winning ideas received cash prizes worth N3m as well as access to a six-month incubation programme with Co-creation Hub, where they will receive the necessary support to grow their innovative ideas.
The statement restated Union Bank’s commitment to supporting Nigeria’s growth by identifying and investing in sectors that are vital to shaping a better, more sustainable future for generations to come.