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Clubs aims to empower women in ICT

14 March 2014, 07:48Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Federal Ministry of Communication Technology has launched the Digital Girls Information and Communication Technology Clubs in I2 Federal Government Girls College across the six geo political zones of the country.

A statement from office of the ICT Minister, Omobola Johnson, disclosed the move.

“The Digital Girls Club initiative is an early intervention project of the Ministry aimed at empowering and encouraging Nigerian girls in secondary schools to develop an early interest in ICT. The initiative will also help demystify ICTs and project technology as a viable career option that can empower and impact positively on the future of the girls,” the statement read.

The ministry   added that the Digital Girls Club was part of the Girls and Women initiative (G-WIN) of the federal government geared at empowering Nigerian women and girls.

“The administration of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in a bid to empower women and girls in Nigeria created a gender empowerment scheme titled Girls and Women in Nigeria (G-WIN) with the sole aim of positively impacting and improving the lot of women and girls in Nigeria. To enable this empowerment process, five Ministries- Ministry of Communication Technology, Agriculture, Works, Health and Water Resources signed MOUs with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Finance to empower women and girls through specific interventions and services geared at improving the lives of women and girls in Nigeria.”

It stated that the Ministry of Communication Technology, a key partner in the G-WIN project, was empowering women and girls through specific technology initiatives it had identified and developed to empower and enable Nigerian women and girls actualize their potentials.

“The aim of these Clubs is to remove the barriers that discourage girls from embracing ICTs. To ensure sustainability and build capacity, the Girls Club will collaborate with ICT teachers of the various schools to teach exciting programmes that will interest the girls.”

“The Digital Girls clubs will be deployed to remove the barriers that discourage girls from embracing ICTs. The goal is to ensure that more girls embrace and adopt ICTs. The Clubs will be manned by the ICT teachers of the twelve schools who will play a key role in stimulating the interest of the girls. Periodically mentors will be invited to give inspiring talks and participate in various ICT related activities that will interest the girls,” the ICT Ministry added.

The clubs will teach a number of ICT skills including building websites and games, computer programming, graphics design, assembling and dissembling computers and creating short films

About 1 200 young women are initially scheduled to benefit.

– CAJ News

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