NGO Launches Tech Program For Schoolgirls In Abuja

NGO Launches Tech Program For Schoolgirls In Abuja

NGO Launches Tech Program For Schoolgirls In Abuja

NGO Launches Tech Program For Schoolgirls In Abuja

For secondary school kids in Abuja, TechHer has begun a six-month tech skill mentorship program in partnership with Plan International Nigeria.

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The initiative, which began in July 2022 and will end in December 2022 carries on the work that has been done under the supervision of both organizations to support the progress of girls and women in non-traditional sectors like Science, Technology, and Engineering.

Chioma Agwuegbo, the executive director of TechHer, commented about the relationship in a statement on Tuesday, describing it as one that represented a shared vision for giving women and girls access to skills and opportunities for both personal and economic success.

The group made notice of a program that aimed to spark girls’ interest in STEM and build the groundwork for their success, especially in preparing them for early career options in technology.

NGO Launches Tech Program For Schoolgirls In Abuja

“Tech continues to revolutionize human activities, and the COVID19 pandemic provided a stark reminder that digital literacy, penetration, and adoption are critical for societies to advance.

Unfortunately, inequalities remain, and women and girls have yet to benefit from or equitably integrate into the opportunities tech provides.

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“Amongst Nigeria’s 18.5 million out-of-school children – the highest in the world, 60% are girls. These are problematic figures, especially as the number has risen exponentially instead of decreasing.

“The gap in this area continues to widen, and we must deliberately close it by supporting more girls and women to grow their Information and Communication Technology skills and be prepared for the job market.

NGO Launches Tech Program For Schoolgirls In Abuja

“This partnership with Plan International Nigeria presents an excellent opportunity to remedy the educational gap amongst Nigeria’s teeming youth population, especially amongst women and girls whom we must equip with digital skills to thrive with their global counterparts.

“We’re grateful for Plan International, with whom we share a long history of providing pathways for more young Nigerians to access tech skills, compete globally, and contribute to national development,” she said.

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The Country Director, Plan International Nigeria, Mr. Charles Usie, spoke on reducing gender inequalities in the ICT to improve women’s economic fortunes in Nigerian society.

“We are pleased to partner with TechHer on the Digistar Tech Mentorship Programme for adolescent girls in Abuja. Through our innovative and gender programming, we remain committed to supporting 10 million girls in Nigeria to learn, lead, decide and thrive.

“Despite advances in the world today to ensure gender parity, women, especially adolescent girls, remain largely unsupported and their unique needs un-catered for, especially in technology. Women are not typical features in the world of tech.

NGO Launches Tech Program For Schoolgirls In Abuja

“We, at Plan International, want a change. We believe governments at all levels, stakeholders, and development partners can make this happen if it is prioritized through support to girls from their early years.

“A balanced world is a fair world. Let’s support women in the ICT,” he emphasized.

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Students selected to participate in the mentorship program are winners of a quiz competition organized by TechHer and Plan International to commemorate the 2022 International Day of Girls in the ICT.

This was said to be TechHer’s digital literacy efforts for secondary schools in Nigeria. Upon the completion of the program in December, certificates would be awarded to the participants.

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