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Group to support 12 sub-urban FCT, Nasarawa schools with digital skills

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Group to support 12 sub-urban FCT, Nasarawa schools with digital skills

By Justina Auta

Ms Chioma Agwuegbo, executive director of TechHerNG, an NGO, said the group will hire 12 suburban high schools from FCT and Nasarawa State University with digital skills and online safety training.

She told the Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Abuja that the training would be part of the TechHer School Tour project.

She said the training would expose more women and girls to how technology could enable their daily activities, strengthen their voices and build better and more inclusive communities.

She added that “we also believe that responding to this demographics secures the future of the next generation and their use of technology, especially for girls.

“So far we have reached six schools in two Abuja area city councils and recently the two regional education councils gave us approval to hire 12 more suburban secondary schools.

“The new agreement thus ensures that we can offer digital skills training to more girls through the TechHer School Tour project.

“The TechHer School Tour has expanded its activities to cover students in higher education institutions with a pilot training phase underway at Nasarawa State University.”

She explained that thanks to the TechHer School Tour project, which started in 2019, technologically disadvantaged students, especially girls in local education authority schools in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, are now learning to master the language. digital.

Agwuegbo said that more than 400 students in suburban areas have so far been introduced to basic technology, a wide range of career opportunities in technology and online safety.

“More than 60% of the students reached by visits to digital literacy schools are girls.

“This was a response to the alarming trend of skills shortages, mismatches and resulting declining employability among many young Nigerian graduates,” she said.

The executive director also said that the organization has provided technical advice, jobs and learning opportunities through its online platforms and has built community spaces to educate and increase access to opportunities in technology spaces for women. girls.

She therefore highlighted the need for government and stakeholders to encourage more girls from an early age to adopt science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses.

According to her, STEM classes will increase the spaces for women and girls to thrive in the digital space, close the gender gap and empower them to transform personally and socially.

Source: NAN

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