A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Women Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC), has trained 30 girls on digital circuit technologies, coding, web design to bridge the gender gap in the technology space.
The Programme Manager at W.TEC, Maryam Abdulsalam, in Lagos, said that the girls were trained during the ‘She Creates’ camp organised for girls between ages 13 and 17 at Laureates College, Oshodi, Lagos.
Abdulsalam said that the girls were trained on building electronic circuits using circuit boards, jumper wires, LED bulbs, plastics, iron, resistors and other cheap materials that they could get in their surroundings.
She said that the girls were also taught tie and dye to explore some form of handwork and gain the ability to multitask.
According to her, the engineering world thrives on constant reinvention and women need to be a part of the driving force.
Abdulsalam said that the only way to make women part of that driving force was to start encouraging girls to pick an interest in technology-related courses.
She said that most of the girls at the camp were not science students but since the beginning of the training, a lot of them had picked interest.
Abdulsalam said that asides from technology-related training, the NGO decided to add sex education into the two weeks curriculum.
She said that most of the girls were in the puberty stage, so it was essential to teach them what to do when approached by the opposite sex.
Also speaking, Blessing Collins, a participant at the bootcamp, said that since the beginning of the programme, she had learnt coding, digital circuit technologies and how to use User interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) design to build apps.