To raise awareness on the growing importance of digital skills for girls and young women and pursue successful professional careers across sectors, Plan International Nigeria, a Non Governmental Organization is to introduce ten million girls to technology in the Nigeria.
The Country Director, Plan Nigeria, Dr. Hassaini Abdu made this known at an event to mark this year’s International Women’s Day in Abuja in collaboration with TecHer.
He said the projects would empower 10 million girls in education and requisite skills in the next five years in the country.
“The project will support the education of girl-child to enhance their capacities, impact them with requisite knowledge for them to understand the society better with a view to participate in decision making processes.’he said.
According to him girls will learn how to use technology to interact, advocate and assimilate knowledge in the next five years.
Dr Abdu noted that ICT sector needed new talent and currently, not enough female students to take up challenging roles in the studies of math, engineering, computer sciences.
He stressed the need to empower and encourage girls as well as young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs).
On her part, a representative of Tech-Her, Ms Chioma Agwuegbo who said technology was taking over the world that it was high time girls were trained to take over the technology space.
“Your future ambitions have a connection with technology. We’re hoping that you’ll go away learning a new thing to share with your friends.”
The Young girls which were drawn from various secondary schools,including school for the blind, were divided into different groups.
They were trained on use of technology for business, online safety, advocacy and personal branding.