Also appearing at the event will be Foluke Akinlose MBE from PRECIOUS who is co-sponsoring the evening. Foluke will be presenting the Precious Award trophy to the most enterprising girl in the school.
PRECIOUS will also launch PRECIOUS Girls!, a national competition that aims to stimulate the creation and growth of businesses by engaging young women and girls in enterprise alongside raising money for charity.
One hundred and twenty St Matthew girls will be in the audience alongside successful London businesswomen and professionals from Reuters, and Citi bank, and Urban Synergy, who are all giving their time free to help mentor and encourage the students.
The event is part of the school’s Enterprise programme and is designed to introduce girls from the school to some of the many pathways to achievement open to them.
‘We are excited to be partners of this event,’ says Foluke Akinlose. ‘It is so important for girls, particularly those from less advantaged backgrounds, to find inspirational role models and to understand what is truly possible in life for people just like them. St Matthew Academy does an excellent job at making sure their students are fully aware of the opportunities out there and have the skills they need to make the most of them.’
‘The vast majority of our students are from the urban BME community of Lewisham,’ says head of Enterprise Martin Nirsimloo. ‘The aim of our Enterprise programme is to develop in them the kind of skills and aspirations other children take for granted, from self-confidence and presentation skills to team-working and how to take advantage of opportunities – entrepreneurial skills, in other words. This event for International Women’s Day is about encouraging the next generation of enterprising women.’