By Maryam Garba Hassan
The Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa (YISHDA), an NGO, said it has trained 200 female students in information and communication technology (ICT) in the FCT.
President of the organization, Mr. Joseph Yaba, disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja while speaking at this year’s International Girls’ in ICT Day with the theme: “Promoting Girls’ Participation in ICT’’.
He said the beneficiaries were selected from five secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and that the training aimed at expanding their knowledge in ICT applications.
He said the gesture was to create an atmosphere where girls could be encouraged to pursue a career in ICT adding that it has been discovered that the number of girls who are opting to study in this field is declining annually.
He said girls are unique and have great potential and there is the need to create an avenue where the potential will be harnessed which is what the NGO wants to do to create a conducive environment where girls can relax and learn.
He said there is need for the country to acknowledge that using sophisticated phones goes beyond typing and sending text messages and making calls.
“There is more to do to make the girls live a better life, fulfilling and more productive by maximising the application of ICT’’, he said.
He said the selection of the 200 girls for the training was to symbolise the 200 girls abducted by the insurgents in Chibok.
In her remarks, Mrs. Rosemary Umana, Director, FCT Agency for Science and Technology, said knowledge of ICT was an important tool to foster advancement and benefit the girl-child adding that practical outcomes of girls in ICT are decisively important tools that can be used for advancement hence they must be involved, if societies are to benefit from potential of females for economic empowerment.’’
Mr. John Adamu, Chairman, Board of Trustees, YISHDA, said empowering girls and young women to fulfill their potential through ICT would benefit the entire society and the economy and would afford them the opportunity to improve the lives of the people through better health care, education, communication and job creation.
He said the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology has been a gateway in achieving the aims and objectives of the International Girls in ICT Day as the ministry recently launched a digital girls clubs in schools across the country to train girls in ICT games, application development, Website development, computer programming, among others.
Mrs. Fatima Baba-Ari, Director, FCT Secondary Education Board (SEB), said one of the most effective ways of helping the girl-child overcome her plight was through education and urged girls to challenge themselves with the mind set and be focused in setting benchmark standards in ICT.