A total of 50 girls from 3 Science Secondary Schools in the FCT participated in a three (3) day’s event in commemoration of the 2015 International Girls in ICT Day by Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa (YiSHDA) in partnership with YouthHub Africa. The event started from the 27th April, 2015 and ended on the 29th April, 2015. The following schools participated: Government Girls Science Secondary School, Kuje, Government Science & Technical College, Area 3, Garki and Government Science Secondary School, Maitama.
Day 1 was a visited to the Nigeria Communication Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT). The visit was aimed at creating an environment that empowers and encourages girls and to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs). During the visit, the girls had the opportunity to tour round NIGCOMSAT and also listened to short presentations from telecommunication experts.
Day 2 featured a One Day Practical ICT Training. The ICT training was implemented in 2 Streams: Stream A focused on Basic Computer Appreciation. The training covered Introduction to computers, Internet and Email, Introduction to Word Processing, and Spreadsheet. And as a result of this basic computer appreciation training, the girls have acquired and improved in digital literacy skills and their understanding about computers and technology have further expended. Stream B focused on Programming (Scratch). The idea is to create an environment where girls can have opportunities to develop scratch usage and programming skills and to also explore ways in which Scratch Programming can be used as tool to enhance their education through critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation. At the end of the training, the girls created their own interactive stories using animations, music, and art, and Five (5) teachers were also trained to become Scratch Educators and will use Scratch as a tool for helping students develop their skills in ICT.
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Day 3 was the final day of the event which culminated with a career seminar at the World Bank Nigeria Country Office in Abuja, where the young girls were encouraged to take up a #STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) career and develop themselves at an early age to compete on a global level.
Rahmah Idris Abdulaziz, a student of Government Science Secondary School, Maitama in her response said that “The Girls in ICT event has made me see different side to ICT and the advantages. I have learnt how make animations through the Scratch Programming which is something that is not very common in Nigeria. My immense gratitude goes to the organizers of the event for the golden opportunity.”
Nusirat Atoyebi, a Teacher from Government Science & Technical College, Area 3, Garki “This has been a very educative experience. For the students, the exposure has been overwhelming. As an ICT Teacher, I have gained more in using ICT as a tool to disseminate information and enhance knowledge. I shall organize a step down activity in the school to share the experience with other students, especially members of the ICT Cub. We thank the organizers of the event for getting this programme across to the students and look forward to more activities.”
The President/CEO of Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa (YiSHDA), Mr. Joseph Emmanuel Yaba in his remark said that Education is a fundamental right for girl child in Nigeria, and technology opens doors to better opportunity for the girl child. Information and Communication Technology today plays a vital role in bringing about desired change in every sector of life. As a youth organization, we believe that when girls are connected to the world through technology, they are connected to a world of opportunity.
Also the Founder/CEO of YouthHub Africa, Mr. Rotimi Olawale laid emphasis on the indispensability of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in this generation and beyond, and the opportunities abound if the girls are ICT friendly, competent and literate. Mr. Rotimi also said that one of the most effective ways of helping the girl-child overcome her plight was through education, and that technological advancement of life coupled with the most comprehensive education is embedded in ICT.
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