Lagos, Nigeria – 10th August, 2020:
The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre – W.TEC recently held her first virtual camp tagged She Creates Next. The camp is the 13th edition of the She Creates Camp – a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths) summer Camp for secondary school girls. The camp was held on Zoom from July 13th – August 7th.
Due to the pandemic the camp programme was held as a virtual camp for the first time from its usual residential and non residential summer camp format. This was done in order for the camp to continue its impact and reach during the times. The She Creates Camp is a residential science & technology education and mentoring programme designed to teach girls in secondary schools (ages 13 – 17) to learn to create useful solutions and technologies for everyday living through the application of engineering and scientific concepts, programming, mobile application development and digital content development.
For the four-week duration of the camp, 10 girls participated in technology workshops on Mobile Application design, Video editing, Python programming and Website design. Other co – curricular activities such as Career talks, team-building exercises plus Gender & Leadership sessions also featured in the camp.
The camp sessions featured facilitators who are experienced trainers with W.TEC over the years. These wonderful trainers were: Nifesimi Oso – Mobile Applications (Week 1), Adeyemi Odutola – Video Editing (Week 2), Moses Oghene – Python Programming & Website Design(Week 3 & 4). They all delivered impactful sessions alongside other invited speakers.
W.TEC appreciates her camp, guest speakers, who shared with our girls from their wealth of experience, they included Adebimpe Adebambo who spoke on Animation, Preye Egbolibe who spoke on Team bonding and Tracy Ezebuike who spoke on Careers in ICT.
On the successful completion of the programme, the camp was rounded-off with a graduation ceremony which had all participants with their parents and W.TEC’s staff participating in the farewell ceremony. The online programme featured presentations by participants on all what they have learnt and impact testimonies by the parents. During the programme the girls were invited to join W.TEC’s Alumnae Network, where they will be kept, up to date with the future of W.TEC and other workshops that could build-up their technical skills and get to network with other camp alumnae from 2008 ‘till present.
We also specially wish to thank Mr. John Okoroafor, Mrs. OLAJUMOKE ALLI-AFOKE & Ms. Lanre Shasore for sponsoring some of our participants to the camp. Their contributions to the camp immensely contributed to the success of this year’s camp.
Furthermore, the long-term goal of the camp is to increase the numbers of Nigerian women and girls working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Design & Maths-related fields, as well as increase the numbers of girls and women using and creating technology for learning, professional and leadership activities.
That said, W.TEC will also like to inform you that she held another virtual camp for kids simultaneously alongside the virtual camp for girls. The tech camp for kids tagged Early Innovators camp was targeted at girls and boys aged 7 – 12 years of age. The camp featured a good number of tech sessions and fun exercises aimed to awake the tech enthusiasm of kids.
All participants will receive digital open badges in alignment with EU competence framework and they will also be issued certificates to this effect.
More so, apart from the camps, W.TEC is in full gear in her readjustment of the times with a good number of virtual programmes designed to cater for various needs of women and girls in our society. These include:
* Rebooth: A digital training programme tailored for entrepreneurial women seeking to give their business a boost with select digital skills.
* W.TEC Academy: Is an after school online programme for girls designed to equip school girls with new hands – on digital skills.
* MakeHerSpace: Is a project designed to train select Nigerian ladies to create technology and engineering-based solutions that solve problems in their communities, provide information about career options and exposes them to women working successfully in STEAM. The programme is sponsored by Google
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