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Women urged to be active in ICT

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WOMEN’S Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC), an organisation focused on encouraging female gender to pursue technology careers and use of technology for entrepreneurship, concluded a week-long ‘She Creates Summer Camp’ to empower girls.

The programme themed ‘Techpreneur’ was held in collaboration with Oracle Academy and Anambra State Library Board at the Kenneth Dike Library, Awka, Anambra State.

Speaking at the event, the Programme Coordinator, Folashade Braimoh, said Information Communication and Technology drives today’s world and there is need for female gender active involvement in it, “The important thing is that we are trying to increase the number of girls in the ICT field, we have fewer women working in the ICT field. We encourage girls to go into entrepreneurship and acquire the skill using technology.”

Braimoh implored parents to support their children with the necessary gadgets that would encourage them to be successful. She urged the participants to use the opportunity the programme offered to excel in life. “I encourage you at this age to make the most out of life. The privilege of what you acquire here matters to your future.”

Folashade Braimoh, centre, with participants and facilitators

A former university Librarian, Mr. Ralph Nwamefor, impressed it upon the participants that they are on the right path by embracing ICT. “Gender shouldn’t deter you from acquiring the necessary tool that will make you better. Your role is vital in the society. Hold firmly to ICT. Information is key to knowledge and knowledge is power. The person with knowledge is powerful. You have been equipped with power.”

 

Acting Director Anambra State Library Board, NkechiUdeze, in her remarks said, W. Tech coming to Anambra State shows how much importance the state attached to girl-child education and women empowerment. “I’m elated at the knowledge imparted on our girls and want to appreciate W.Tech for the laudable gesture. The focus before now by most parents is on boys. If you train a boy, you train an individual, train a girl, you train a nation.”

A participant, Okoli Chiagoziem, expressed her happiness for participating in the programme, “I learnt web design, the Alice Package among others want to encourage my fellow girls to go after programme that will add value to them, especially a programme like one”

Participants at the camp

Another participant, Okoli Zita, stated the programme has made her a better person. “I’m excited that I participated in the programme, the opportunity it offered was enormous. I can now create website for people. I appreciate the organizers of the programme for their efforts towards empowering girls

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