NEF Junior Chef Competition
The NEF Junior Chef Competition has been organised by the New Era Foundation in collaboration with Nestle Nigeria Plc. It is aimed at inculcating cooking skills in young persons. It is believed that a holistic and wholesome development of the youth apart from formal education includes developing the youths in an informal manner. This is basically the driving force behind the Maggi Junior Chef competition.
The first edition of the competition was held in 2005. 25 successful contestants out of 258 entries participated in the semi finals held at Eko FM Ground, Agidingbi while the 10 successful contestants who emerged at the semi finals proceeded to the finals which was held at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island.
Valuable prizes won by contestants include a laptop computer and one hundred thousand naira for the first prize, a laptop and fifty thousand naira for the second prize and a laptop and twenty-five thousand naira for the third prize as well as other consolation prizes.
The Year 2006 edition of the NEF/Maggi Junior Chef Competition started with the collection of over 2,200 valid entries from all the 57 Local Government areas in Lagos State. 24 successful entries were selected by experienced judges to participate in the semi final stage held on April 27th and May 2nd 2006 respectively for the two zones of 12 participants at the Eko FM ground Agindingbi Ikeja.
The theme for the 2006 competition was “Beans Cooking Can Be Fun”. Ten successful contestants emerged from the 24 semi finalists to participate in the Grand Finale which took place on 10th May 2006 at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The 2006 edition of NEF/Maggi Junior Chef Competition came with a different twist as Master Abul-Kareem Kehinde, a 15year old student of International School Lagos emerged winner of the day with his mouth watering dish of “Beizzamag” recipe. Master Abdul-Kareem went home with a Laptop computer, printer and a Blender/Mixer and N100,000.00 as 1st Position winner, the 2nd Position went to Miss Amusan B. Bisola, who won for herself a laptop computer, printer, a set of Saucepans and the sum of N50,000.00 while the 3rd winner Miss went with a laptop computer, printer and a blender/mixer and N25,000.00.
There were Consolation prizes for othe contestants and their various schools in order to encourage them.
HIV/AIDS advocacy programme for youths
New Era Foundation was selected as one of the youth-oriented NGOs by AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria, coordinated by Lagos State HIV/AIDS Foundation (now Lagos State AIDS Control Agency LSACA)), enlightening the youths on the dangers of HIV/AIDS.
Over 3000 teachers benefitted from the ‘Train the Trainer’ workshop for Teachers in Lagos State. These teachers then further trained students in their schools on HIV/AIDS Pandemic.
In 2005, New Era Foundation was also selected by Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA) to benefit from the World Bank HIV/AIDS Development Project . In the programme, NEF organised a 2 Day ICC and BCC Training Workshop for 342 opinion leaders in four (4) categories.
Alternative High School for Girls
The Alternative High School for Girls is a project idea that is conceived by Senator Oluremi Tinubu, President, New Era Foundation, and introduced to the Lagos State Ministry of Education in 2006. The School was officially commissioned His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, then Executive Governor of Lagos State on Monday 12th March, 2007.
Alternative High School is located at Educational District V Complex, Old Ojo Road Agboju-Amuwo, Lagos-Nigeria. The School is to serve as a catalyst for the social reformation of the out of school Girls through the instrumentation of formal education. It is also an innovative formal education institution envisioned by the State Government to serve as a vehicle for rehabilitation and propelling the out-of-school girls towards the acquisition of Senior Secondary School Certificate and acceptable societal values and norms.
Humanitarian Projects – Liberia
As part of its commitment to serving humanity, New Era Foundation has been involved in the post war rehabilitation of Liberia, making donations to some key sectors of the nation’s economy, especially the educational sector. The Foundation also donated food and household material to the government and people of Liberia so as to help strengthen the reconstruction programme embarked upon by the government of Chief (Mrs.) Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson after several years of civil war.
One of the most outstanding gifts to the people of Liberia is the Oluremi Tinubu Elementary and Junior High School handed over personally to the Liberian President, Mrs. Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson.