In order to bridge gender divide in the Tech Ecosystem in Nigeria and to empower women to be self-reliant and employable,100 selected females in Kwara state have completed three months training in Web Development and Graphics Design, organised by a non-profit organisation, Webfala Digital Skills for all Initiative.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony for the trainees which took place in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, the Executive Director of the organisation, Mrs Nafisat Bakare, said the training tagged ‘Keeping Females in STEM’ was part of the organisation’s efforts to make the females assume their rightful position in the scheme of things.
The effort,according to her is to ,”bridge the gender divide in the tech ecosystem in Nigeria and to empower women to be self-reliant and employable.”
Mrs Bakare also said that the free intensive training programme which was supported by the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund and the Ford Foundation, targeted unemployed female graduates based in Kwara and who are interested in acquiring digital skills that can make them become financially independent and solve problems in their communities.
One of the beneficiaries of the training, Al-Sidiq Rufaidat, described her experience during the programme as challenging and exciting, noting that she intends to further her knowledge in Graphics Design so as to be competition worthy in the tech space.
She appreciated the Webfala Digital Skills for all Initiative for organising the training and for always making sure that the environment was conducive for them to learn.