The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC), Lagos trained no fewer than 1,820 women and girls on technology programmes in 2021.
The centre’s Communication Officer, Yemi Odutola, made this known in an interview in Lagos. W.TEC is a Nigerian non-profit organisation focused on encouraging girls and women to pursue technology careers.
Odutola said that the training of women and girls was done through the centre’s technology after school clubs, camps and other programmes. He noted that the centre was able to train those numbers of girls through the various training programmes held last year.
He said that the MakeHerspace project which was done with the support, of Google, was a technology initiative that taught young women to create engineering-based solutions to solve problems in their communities and provide information about career options.
The communication officer said that the NGO also organised an after-school computer programme for girls in public secondary schools in 2021,called ‘W.TEC Academy’. He noted that the W.TEC academy, which was done in Lagos and Kwara State, was targeted for girls between ages 11 to 17 years.
Odutola said that 361 girls in 14 schools benefitted from the programme in Kwara while 232 girls in nine schools under Lagos State Ministry of Education District IV were empowered.