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New ICT schemes to empower girls, women

31 October 2013, 12:41

Abuja -  The Ministry of Communication Technology has unveiled a new set of initiatives aimed at empowering women and girls in information and communications technologies.

Among the plans are the Smart Women Nigeria, 1 000 Girls in ICT and the ICT Girls Clubs.

According to ICT Minister, Omobola Johnson, the various initiatives are geared towards educating, empowering, developing and making women and girls “ICT savvy” and self-reliant.

According to the minister, two of the initiatives, the Smart Women Nigeria and the 1 000 Girls ICT training programme will be launched on Monday while the ICT Girls Clubs will be launched in January 2014.

“The aim of these Clubs is to help to bridge the existing digital divide between boys and girls and remove the barriers that discourage girls from embracing ICTs. The goal is to ensure that more girls embrace and adopt careers in ICTs. The Clubs will teach animation, website development, blogging, software development, graphics design, games, computer programming among other," Johnson said.

Smart Women Nigeria, developed by the United States-based social enterprise, ChangeCorp, will be launched in collaboration with women’s empowerment group, WIMBIZ.

The initiative according to Johnson, seeks to promote the development of women in Nigeria by harnessing the power of mobile communication tools provided by ICTs.

She said the Smart Women initiative would target low- to middle-income urban and high-income rural women business owners. The programme will offer them learning in communication skills, banking, financial, health, and family work/life balance issues.

Set to be launched in collaboration with Huawei, 1 000 Girls in ICT would inculcate 1 000 girls with crucial ICT skills necessary for empowerment and development of the girls.

Over three days, the girls will be trained in Telecommunication Networks, Transmission Network and GSM, LTE, WCDMA and other ICT skills.

According to the minister, upon completion of the first phase, the top 200 students based on performance during phase 1 will be given further training to become Huawei-Certified Network Associates.

The third initiative, the ICT Girls Club is perceived as a viable platform to create an enabling environment to encourage young girls to embrace ICTs.

– CAJ News

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