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Etisalat, WAAW empower Nigerian girls

22 August 2013, 14:42

Lagos - Nigeria’s fourth largest mobile network operator, Etisalat Nigeria, in partnership with Working for Advancement of African Women (WAAW) Foundation, has provided training to young women on a number of programmes such as robotics, computer science and programming.

More than 30 girls aged between 13 and 17 have been trained through the partnership that seeks to ensure young women were involved in the relatively male-dominated science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sectors.

Training was provided during the just-concluded Etisalat STEM Camp which ran under the theme, "Robotics and Renewable Energy for Africa."

The camp consisted of hands-on activities, lectures, tutorials and experiments, all led and presented by female facilitators from Nigeria and the United States.

Okung Ebiefie, Head of Data & Mobile Internet at Etisalat Nigeria, said the event’s focus was to encourage young people to believe that they could be innovative solution providers.

“Etisalat believes that confidence and tangible skills can make them more impactful and viable. We are committed to giving them that gentle push needed to help them apply their energy into thinking up new ways to improve societies they live in.

"These girls have had valuable experiences that we hope will be sustainable and impactful. Etisalat is focusing on the next generation of young people who are the source of fresh ideas and tomorrow’s leaders, by equipping them with capacity to innovate, and develop their ideas into sustainable solutions,” Ebefie said.

Dr Unoma Okorafor, Founder of the WAAW Foundation, said the objective of the STEM camp was to ensure girls viewed science and technology as tools that could help them solve problems in their communities.

Among projects developed and presented by the girls after the training included light-sensor robots to solve green energy challenges such as trash sorting, water purification systems and renewable energy systems including solar cars and windmill systems.

- CAJ News


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