YWCA joined the rest of the World to commemorate this year’s Girls in ICT Day 2016 with the theme “Expanding Horizons, Changing Attitudes” on Saturday 30th April 2016 in Lagos. The event focused on explore ways of ensuring young women and girls within the association were empowered with the right information and access to opportunities in ICT to stimulate them towards broadening their career horizons or taking career interests in ICT.
A team of experts from NIIT, one of Nigeria’s foremost ICT partners/trainers in the country, led by Mrs. Funmi discussed the importance of information and communication technologies in the new light, career opportunities in ICT, and why ICT is needed in all fields of study. They also provided information on digital literacy skills needed for competitive advantage within the academic, commerce and skills markets, now and in the near future.
Mrs. Uduaka, who was also part of NIIT team shared information to participants their organisation’s scholarship programs which they give out interested individuals every year to encourage them to take up careers in ICT.
Adaeze Muonyele a young woman and member of YWCA who participated in the commemoration of Girls in ICT Day 2015, held at ITU Geneva shared her experience with other young women and girls present and how her participation at the event broadened her perspective and empowered her with knowledge to make informed choices on how to engage ICT for academics and potentially for the emploment market.
Mrs. Gloria Odunikan, the Assistant General Secretary who anchored the event, motivated girls present to take up or continue studies in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics so that they can pursue rewarding careers.
“With the information I have now, I realize the importance of ICT and that it is definitely here to say, so I might as well take advantage of it”, says Eno Bassey who was one of the participants at the event.