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 Plan International an NGO has called for more girls participation in Information and Communication Technology ICT careers to foster a more dynamic technology sector and enhance innovation and productivity The Country Director Plan International Mr Charles Usie made the call in Abuja on Friday at an event to commemorate the 2022 Girls in ICT Day The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event featured debate and quiz competition amongst schools in the Federal Capital Territory FCT The topic of the discussion is tagged Is Technology a Critical Component of the Education of Students today The selected schools in the debate and quiz competition includes Light of Day School Kubwa Capville School Government Secondary School GSS Dutse GSS Garki GSS Wuse Zone 3 and Maitama Model School Usie represented by the Communication Advisor of the organisation Mr Yunus Abdulhamid said that the competition would spur conversation of girls in ICT Girls in ICT debate competition for young adolescent is to help spur conversation of girls in ICT Data indicates fewer female in ICT and science generally Also as you progress more girls drop out from related courses In today s world more women are found in all human endeavours like the pilots engineers architects medical doctors bankers and many more For us as a country to advance in what we do we need more participation of girls in ICT in our world today he said Usie also said that 50 per cent of the country s population were female hence the need for the government to pay critical attention on the girl child in the area of technology We can hardly survive in today s world without technology In Nigeria 50 per cent of our population is female and involving them in ICT will help to advance the country s development Any society who looks down on this group of people will definitely fail So we are saying that female must imbibe technology to really grow our country At Plan International we focus on the adolescent girls This does not mean the boys are not important they are because in our programmes for girls we also carry the boys along he said The Project Coordinator Plan International Mrs Mary Mbukpa called for monitoring of devices used by children from home Mbukpa called on the government to provide digitalised library and put in place a system where the girls don t have to go to other sites that would not be significant to their learning She also encouraged parents to ensure that they guide their children in the use of digital platforms We have had debate and quiz competition towards showing the good about ICT so it is important for young girls to begin to access ICT and also baring in mind that they need to be safe online Looking at our society the boys have access to different ICT platforms but we are very conservative in the way we build up our young girls We need to try to control a lot of things they do but we are looking at how girls can use the ICT to better their education she said One of the students Jamie David an SS1 student of GSS Wuse Zone 3 said there was need for girls to be given the opportunity to be able to have access to ICT David said this would be one of the ways to tackle gender inequality in our society We have to evolve as the world is evolving Technology has helped us in many ways it all depends on the choice of the technology Parents should look more into what the children does and not buy gadget for children who are not matured to use it she said Mr John Osigbemhe a Science Teacher in GSS Garki said that girls around the world were becoming more interested in ICT hence the need to encouraged Nigeria girls to utilised the power of ICT Osigbemhe added that stakeholders should help the children by putting in place restrictions on the use of technology and controlled by parents He said that there was a limit to what the school could do to curtail the gadget being used for all manners of social vices in the society NAN reports that Capville School clich d the first position GSS Wuse Zone 3 came second while GSS Garki and GSS Dutse came third in the debate category Also Maitama Model School clinched top Light of Day School came second and GSS Dutse came third in the quiz competition NAN reports that Plan International in partnership with Tech Her for Women in Technology an NGO would offer a six months online programme for ICT mentorship from June to December for best students in the competition NAN
Group calls for more participation of girls in ICT careers

Plan International

Plan International, an NGO, has called for more girls participation in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) careers to foster a more dynamic technology sector and enhance innovation and productivity.

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Country Director

The Country Director, Plan International, Mr Charles Usie, made the call in Abuja on Friday, at an event to commemorate the 2022 Girls in ICT Day.

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Federal Capital Territory

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event featured debate and quiz competition amongst schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The topic of the discussion is tagged “Is Technology a Critical Component of the Education of Students today”?

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Light of Day School

The selected schools in the debate and quiz competition includes Light of Day School, Kubwa, Capville School, Government Secondary School (GSS) Dutse, GSS Garki, GSS Wuse Zone 3 and Maitama Model School.

Communication Advisor

Usie, represented by the Communication Advisor of the organisation, Mr Yunus Abdulhamid, said that the competition would spur conversation of girls in ICT.

Girls in ICT

“Girls in ICT debate competition for young adolescent is to help spur conversation of girls in ICT.
” Data indicates fewer female in ICT and science generally. Also, as you progress, more girls drop out from related courses.
“In today’s world, more women are found in all human endeavours like the pilots, engineers, architects, medical doctors, bankers and many more.
“For us as a country to advance in what we do, we need more participation of girls in ICT in our world today,” he said.
Usie also said that 50 per cent of the country’s population were female, hence the need for the government to pay critical attention on the girl child in the area of technology.
“We can hardly survive in today’s world without technology. In Nigeria, 50 per cent of our population is female and involving them in ICT will help to advance the country’s development.
“Any society who looks down on this group of people will definitely fail. So, we are saying that female must imbibe technology to really grow our country.

Plan International

“At Plan International, we focus on the adolescent girls. This does not mean the boys are not important, they are because in our programmes for girls, we also carry the boys along,” he said.

Project Coordinator

The Project Coordinator, Plan International, Mrs Mary Mbukpa, called for monitoring of devices used by children from home.
Mbukpa called on the government to provide digitalised library and put in place a system where the girls don’t have to go to other sites that would not be significant to their learning.
She also encouraged parents to ensure that they guide their children in the use of digital platforms
“We have had debate and quiz competition towards showing the good about ICT, so it is important for young girls to begin to access ICT and also baring in mind that they need to be safe online.
“Looking at our society, the boys have access to different ICT platforms but we are very conservative in the way we build up our young girls.
“We need to try to control a lot of things they do but we are looking at how girls can use the ICT to better their education,” she said.

Jamie David

One of the students, Jamie David, an SS1 student of GSS, Wuse Zone 3, said there was need for girls to be given the opportunity to be able to have access to ICT.
David said this would be one of the ways to tackle gender inequality in our society.
“We have to evolve as the world is evolving. Technology has helped us in many ways; it all depends on the choice of the technology.
” Parents should look more into what the children does and not buy gadget for children who are not matured to use it,” she said.

John Osigbemhe

Mr John Osigbemhe, a Science Teacher in GSS Garki said that girls around the world were becoming more interested in ICT, hence the need to encouraged Nigeria girls to utilised the power of ICT.
Osigbemhe added that stakeholders should help the children by putting in place restrictions on the use of technology and controlled by parents.
He said that there was a limit to what the school could do to curtail the gadget being used for all manners of social vices in the society.

Capville School

NAN reports that Capville School clichéd the first position, GSS Wuse Zone 3 came second while GSS Garki and GSS Dutse came third in the debate category.

Maitama Model School

Also, Maitama Model School clinched top, Light of Day School came second and GSS Dutse came third in the quiz competition.

Plan International

NAN reports that Plan International in partnership with Tech Her for Women in Technology, an NGO, would offer a six months online programme for ICT mentorship from June to December for best students in the competition.

(NAN)

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