NGO Trains 50 Female Secondary Students On ICT

Mrs Olorunfemi Olafimihan, Executive Director, Kindle African Empowerment Initiative, a non governmental organisation (NGO) with the female secondary students.

Kindle African Empowerment Initiative, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) has trained no fewer than 50 female secondary students on digital literacy skills to empower them during and after school.

The Executive Director of the organisation, Mrs Olorunfunmi Olafimihan said this at the graduation ceremony on ICT training organised by the NGO on Tuesday in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mandela Washington Fellowship, Asha Initiative, United State Consulate and Vweta Sheroes ICT Hub supported the programme.

Olafimihan said that the goal was to empower the young girls to be able to use and understand computers during and after school.

“Between February and now, we have trained 48 young girls in basic ICT skills and sponsored 18 women for data analysis course.

“Some of the young girls we trained might not have access to higher education after secondary school because of poor family background or lack of funds.

“This training will help them to get basic jobs, a lot of the women that went through data analysis course stayed–at–home women and this will help them fend for their family,” she said.

Olafimihan noted that the NGO had also partnered with Lagos State Education District VI to select the female students, age range between 14 years and 17 years, for the training.

“Early this year “Vweta Sheroes ICT Hub” was launched by the Ambassador of United States of America to Nigeria, in honour of my late mentor called Vweta Chadwick.

“COVID-19 pandemic made us realise that system of working is now different from what it used to be. COVID-19 also exposes the gap in digital literacy across the country.

“We heard about a case of a student who wrote the recent JAMB examination but did not click submit on the system,” she said.

According to Olafimihan, the NGO established the ICT hub within the Isolo area because of people who lack digital literacy skills.

“We are looking at expanding to other places and providing more laptop computers as mobile literacy centres for people,” she said.

One of the beneficiaries, Miss Kehinde Balogun, said that the training had changed her understanding of ICT.

Balogun said that the trainers taught them every information and practicals on computer knowledge.

“I can now operate a computer system without anyone helping me, but I will keep practising to become perfect,” she said.

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