September 1, 2020
Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, released a statement to BusinessDay. In it, Adefisayo explained that her team participated in the SSEC's annual intensive week-long institute, the Smithsonian K-12 Science Education Action Planning Institute. The annual event, according to Adefisayo, is a forum where teams of educators, administrators and stakeholders from across the world converge to gain an in-depth understanding of the Smithsonian Science Education Center's Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) model and apply it to strategic planning for their varied communities. According to Adefisayo, "Working on driving the infusion of the STEM teaching and learning methodology in the basic educational curriculum of Lagos State to encourage students to become innovators and problem-solvers instead of becoming sole consumers of knowledge remains crucial if we must prepare the students for the future”. The team was assembled and led by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on STEM Education, Adetola Salau.