Women's Technology Empowerment Centre – W.TEC

W.TEC Academy Mentorship Session in Lagos in Collaboration with Stanbic and STEM-METS

W.TEC Academy Mentorship Session in Lagos in Collaboration with Stanbic and STEM-METS

W.TEC in collaboration with STEM-METS and Stanbic Bank hosted a 1-day workshop for the girls in one of the Kwara State W.TEC Academy schools.

The workshop meant to empower and enlighten the girls on STEM was held at Government Day Secondary School (GDSS) Tanke, Ilorin on 1st November, 2023. Representatives of Stanbic; Mr Ola Babatunde, Mr Abayomi Adebayo, Miss Oluwatobi Lawal, Miss Isiaq Titilayo, Miss Asmau Yunus and Mr Marvelous Efetebor; W.TEC staff; Tolulope Kawthar Ibiyeye and Gladys Epi-Jombo,  W.TEC Facilitators as well as Teachers and Students of GDSS Tanke all gathered for the event.

The STEM workshop started with a brief address by Kwara Coordinator of W.TEC Tolulope who welcomed everyone and did a brief introduction about the program to the girls; while her introduction was on going the Stanbic Bank Representatives arrived. She welcomed them and gave room for the head of the team to address the girls.

One of the team members Mr Abayomi Adebayo greeted the girls, introduced himself and rest of the team, he spoke about Stanbic Bank and then paused to welcome the head of the Stanbic Bank team Mr Ola Babatunde who also addressed the girls. Mr Ola Babatunde gave a very short lecture on savings and its importance.

He started off by talking about Stanbic Bank and what they do, he then proceeded to telling the girls about saving and how important it was to them. He explained saving and best ways to go about it. He also spoke to the girls about the STEM workshop on building power bank encouraging them pay diligent attention to the training and put to use what they will learn has it might be a source of income to them.

After the short lecture from Mr Ola Babatunde, he thanked W.TEC for the opportunity and requested to be excused with his team from the rest of the workshop. Group photographs were taken and the Stanbic Bank representatives left.

 The hands-on practical session began immediately after the photographs with each volunteer being assigned to groups. There were 8 groups in total and each group was given enough tools for the practical. The girls were allowed to work as a team in building the power bank with the assigned volunteer monitoring and guiding them through the process.

By 10:30am groups began rounding up their power bank project and each groups took pictures of their project.

Tolulope asked few questions on the project and the girls excitedly answered them, they shared what they had learnt and gave feedback on the new knowledge gained.

I have learnt and can confidently build a powerbank. I intend to show case this skill to my parents and siblings at home.” – Aisha Sulaimon

“I learnt about savings and its importance to us. I am also happy to have been selected to learn how to build a powerbank.” – Fridaus Abdulkadir

Refreshment was served to the girls and group photographs were taken to mark the end of the workshop at 10:50am.