W.TEC MARKS THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD WITH 150 GIRLS IN KWARA STATE
Still on the aim of celebrating the uniqueness of the girl child, the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) also marked the International Day of the Girl Child with 150 Secondary school girls who are participants of our technology co-curricular programme, – W.TEC Academy in Kwara State on Monday, October 18, 2021.
The event was marked with a discussion session in accordance to this year’s theme: “Digital generation. Our generation.” Topics like gender leadership, opportunities in technology for girls, and dispelling myths about STEM were also treated.
At the event, the Co-coordinator, W.TEC Academy Kwara State, Mrs Tolulope Ibiyeye, briefly introduced W.TEC to the participants sharing the impact of the organization’s work in the nation over the years. She then encouraged the girls by stating the importance of utilizing the digital skills being taught through the Academy progamme and how it can be of great impact to the society.
Furthermore, the Vice Principal of the host school, Mrs Emielu, shared her story with the girls. She brought out salient life lessons around failure and the need to keep pushing for success in whatever situation the girls find themselves. She educated the girls on the evolution of the girl child from what she used to be known for years ago, to what she is now “a modern woman” and how her roles have changed drastically. Mrs Emielu encouraged the girls to see technology as an advantage that has come to help make life better for them.
Rounding off the event, Mrs Tolulope shared technology solutions that are designed specifically to help ease the role of the girl child. She ended the session by asking “Should females keep waiting for the other gender to create solutions to female related problems”, in response, the girls chorused “No”.
The Kwara State Ministry of Education which is W.TEC’s major partner for W.TEC Academy programme in Kwara State and host of the event issued their own statement for the event as thus:
“The Girl Child Day was declared by the UN to support more opportunities for girls and increase awareness of gender inequality worldwide faced by our girls.
In the light of this, the Ministry is using this medium to appreciate the contribution and support of Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) to the development of the girl child education, most especially on ICT and technology support programme for secondary school girls in the State.
The Ministry is pleased to partner with W.Tec on the celebration of the International Day of the Girl-Child with students in Kwara State. The programme was highly insightful and captivating for our girls. We look forward to continuing this partnership with you for the benefits of our future leaders”.
-The State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu
In conclusion, we thank the Kwara State Ministry of Education for their support for our programme and we are also glad we were able to motivate our girls in Kwara State to take up more digital – skills courses and STEM-based careers in future.
For more details please contact:
Communications Officer (W.TEC)