Foundation sensitises Abuja female students on technology and digital skills
As part of efforts to raise awareness and bridge the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) gender gap, Techy Train Incubator Foundation recently concluded an awareness tour across four Local Government Areas in the Federal Capital Territory.
This comes as part of activities to mark the 2023 International Women’s Day celebrations.
President of the Foundation, Ms Excellence Anurika Joshua emphasized that the purpose of the tour was to sensitise the students about technology and digital skills as a tool for future relevance.
Ms Joshua observed that despite completing secondary school education, girls who do not increase their digital adoption and use will have limited access to opportunities and face an additional barrier to workforce participation.
Noting that technology is an enabler, she encouraged the students to view technology not only as a career path but also as a tool to make life and work easier.
” In today’s generation, girls and women have a significant knowledge gap in the digital realities. As economies continue to digitize, people’s ability to use technology will become increasingly important for economic and social growth. Although advanced digital skills are required for some jobs, basic digital literacy is necessary for most jobs and daily activities in the digital economy.”
Joshua encouraged the girls to think critically about problem-solving, not limit themselves by their environment, and embrace the possibilities provided by the internet to seek help globally.
The team also donated free copies of the book “An African Girl’s First Guide to Technology,” written by Ms Excellence Joshua, to some students and school libraries.
The book was written to bridge the digital literacy gap in Africa and contains everything an African girl needs to understand basic digital literacy to enhance full and equal access to science for girls across Africa.
Schools visited include Command Secondary School in Lungi Barracks, Asokoro; Government Girls Secondary School in Dukpa, Gwagwalada; Government Girls’ Science Secondary School, Kuje; and Federal Government Girls’ College, Abaji.
The principals of the schools encouraged the team, which included Ms. Grace Joshua, Ms. Nnamani Cynthia, Ms. Faith Adeyanju, Mr Isaac Olugbenga, and Mr Victor Dania to return every year.
Ms. Anurika called for support and funding from well-meaning Nigerians and institutions, to enable the organisation to visit more schools, create more awareness and raise awareness about the STEM gender gap.