The Nigerian Women Techsters is an experiential learning program by Tech4Dev and funded by Microsoft, aimed at building digital literacy especially coding and analytical skills in young women, exposing them to available employment and entrepreneurship opportunities within the technology space.
The initiative aims to increase the number of young women who are actively involved in STEM fields as well as choose a career in technology as well as ensure that the knowledge gap is bridged in underserved communities resulting in healthy enterprises capable of improving the national GDP over the next 3 years.
Directly the initiative will train over the next one year, 2,400 young women between the ages of 18 – 40 across 12 states in Nigeria namely; Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun, Imo, Anambra, Akwa-Ibom, Edo, Kogi, Kwara, Kano, Kebbi, and Taraba states.
Tech4dev is a non-profit social enterprise that helps to solve the world’s greatest problems using technology with primary focus on primary health, education and civic engagement).
To ensure success of the initiative, we are partnering with the office of the First Lady and the Ministry of Women Affairs across the 12 participating states as well as other National and Local Partners.
The initiative has a 6-member Advisory Board Team saddled with the guiding the planning and strategy for the initiative, as well as a project team responsible for day to day execution of the set strategy.
The training would involve both online and offline sessions. The online training will be done within the week with the trainees taking courses on business modules while the offline training will have seasoned facilitators physically take the trainees through the curriculums for the three tracks namely; Web and Mobile Application Development, Games Development and Embedded Systems; periodically once a week over a 12 weeks period.
The initiative would also across all the states include other side events which includes; an Hackathon, a Demo Day and an Open Workshop all at the end of the 12 weeks training sessions.
To bridge the digital gap between male and female within the technology ecosystem
As an impact driven initiative, statistical data will be gathered to determine the pre and post training effects of the activities carried out through the course of the initiative. Watch this space for
Nigerian Women Techsters Is An Initiative Of Tech4Dev Powered By Microsoft