The Women Technology Empowerment Centre has trained 250 female undergraduates of the University of Lagos in ICT skills.
The three-month programme, which was facilitated in collaboration with Intel West Africa and some other organisations, featured 15 workshop sessions on topics such as Digital Literacy and Advocacy, Entrepreneurship and Job-readiness, Mentorship, as well as Project Development and Presentation.
Speaking at the grand finale at the University of Lagos on Saturday, the Programme Coordinator, W.TEC, Ms. Modupe Darabidan, said the programme, tagged, ‘She can with ICT’, was designed to help female undergraduates to connect to the digital realities of the workplace and business world as well as prepare them to take on any challenges as they advanced in their career pursuits.
Darabidan noted that the digital space had a lot of economic and social opportunities which could inspire the beneficiaries to become innovators and job creators. She added that six brilliant business ideas from the undergraduates were supported with a seed fund of N500,000.
She said, “W.TEC is a non-governmental organisation working in partnership with local and international educational and research organisations to encourage girls and women to use ICT to empower themselves socially and economically. This is done through technology literacy training, technology-based projects, mentoring, work placement and research.
“The initiative, which started in 2015, has reached over 400 young women. Through the Intel She Will Connect programme, Intel is investing in accelerating closure of gender gaps in technology access and career paths.”