Yewande Akinola teaching a class in London as part of the 'Every Child Can' campaign.
Yewande Akinola takes part in TeachFirst ‘Every Child Can’ campaign.
Yewande, an environmental services engineer at Arup, taught the lesson at Highgate Wood Secondary School on 26 April. She used the time to show the students the exciting life of an engineer through pictures and video, and engage them in discussions about renewable products and systems for buildings.
Prior to the lesson, she said: “I am really excited about taking a class. I know I am going to learn new things from the students, but it will also be great to interact with them and encourage them to pursue design and engineering careers.
“It is very important for students to interact with designers and engineers. It gives them the opportunity to get answers to questions they may have, and that goes a long way.”
Education charity TeachFirst launched the Every Child Can campaign with the aim of breaking the cycle of educational disadvantage. The UK-wide initiative hopes to address education inequality, while also highlighting the role that great teachers play in supporting thousands of young people.
As part of this year’s campaign, 60 leading figures from the worlds of business, politics, media and entertainment traded in their day job to become a teacher for the day. Other participants included mayor of London Boris Johnson, TV historian Dan Snow, and stand-up comedian Shappi Khorsandi.
Crowned IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year in December 2012, Yewande impressed the judges of the award with her work on water and sanitation in underdeveloped and developing countries. As the winner of the prize, she is now acting as an ambassador for the IET and the engineering profession.