The Women Technology Empowerment Centre has trained no fewer than 250 female pupils in Information and Communications Technology. The body said the exercise was meant to expose them to the vast opportunities in the digital space.
The three-month ICT empowerment programme, tagged ‘She Can with ICT’, was held at the University of Lagos between March to June 2017.
The Programme Coordinator, W.TEC, Ms. Modupe Darabidan, said the programme was aimed at encouraging more young women to come into the technology space and use the basic ICT tools to become productive.
Darabidan noted that the ICT world had limitless opportunities, which could be used to reduce the unemployment rate in the country if properly harnessed.
To achieve this, she said W.TEC was empowering the girls, through the programme, to enable them see the vast potential of the basic ICT tools and how they could harness them to leverage their careers, businesses and self-development.
She said, “We tagged this programme ‘She Can with ICT’ and it means sustaining her enterprise, career and network with the ICT. It is about empowering more young women between 18 to 35 years to come into the technology space and use the basic ICT tools to realise their potential.
“We went through a 15-count training workshop to help them understand that these tools are not just there only for socialising but also for their productive lives. The girls went through mentorship and enterprise sessions with older women in the tech space to enable them understand how to use the ICT to become job creators and not job seekers. The girls were also taught digital footprints by an Intel trainer to enhance their entrepreneurial and financial skills.
Darabidan also advised the girls to channel whatever they have learnt in the workshop towards self development by utilising the skills to become job creators rather than job seekers.
During the workshop, the participants did a presentation of their business ideas and the best six got various amount of money as starter packs.
A participant and one of the winners in the presentation, Miss Tope Ajibade, commended the organisers and said the programme had impacted positively on her and also given her a different perspective of the digital world.
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