Feb 18, 2020

W.TEC Ready to Rock 2020 with Academy & More...

W.TEC wins at EQUALS in Tech Awards - Berlin
W.TEC wins at EQUALS in Tech Awards - Berlin

Dear friends,

 

Is it too late to say happy new year to you all? Well, better late than never. We hope that your 2020 has started off very well and wish you a year filled with dreams come true.

 

For us at W.TEC, the last year and decade ended on a high and we look forward to what this new one brings with it.

 

Over the last quarter and by the end of last year, we experienced the following:

  • Won the 2019 EQUALS in Tech Award

  • Were featured in TIME Magazine’s January edition

  • Celebrated Safer Internet Day at the W.TEC Academy

  • Kicked off a new project “Digital Generation Youth” in South Africa

  • Were nominated for the 2020 WSIS Prizes (World Summit on the Information Society)

  • Participated in 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

a.) W.TEC wins a 2019 EQUALS in Tech Award

 

The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre – W.TEC was among winners announced at the 2019 EQUALS in Tech Awards held on Wednesday November 27 at a gala awards ceremony at Berlin’s Estrel Conference Center in Germany.

 

The Skills prize went to the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC), an NGO working to enable women and girls to become professionals and entrepreneurs in the tech sector.

 

The awards, is hosted by the EQUALS Global Partnership, to recognize innovative solutions aimed at closing the digital gender gap. Winning initiatives were chosen from a pool of 15 outstanding finalists from 12 countries. Over 200 organizations submitted entries for this year’s awards, which span five categories: Access, Skills, Tech Leadership, SME Leadership, and Research.

 

W.TEC is extremely proud to have won this highly competitive and prestigious award and look forward to leveraging on this accolade to do even more to enhance gender diversity in technology.

 

Read more: https://wtec.org.ng/w-tec-wins-2019-equals-in-tech-awards/

 

 

b.) W.TEC was featured in TIME Magazine

W.TEC was featured in the January issue of TIME Magazine. The publication invited Tim Berners-Lee, Madeleine Albright, Michelle Bachelet, and other prominent personalities to write to a young person or people of their own choosing.

 

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web and co-founder of the World Wide Web Foundation opted to write a letter to the girls at the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) in Lagos.

 

In his letter, he states: When I visited you in Lagos during the 30th birthday of the web, you filled me with hope for the the web’s impact on our world because, as you bring new voices and experiences to the web, you will change it for the better.

The visit of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, to W.TEC in 2019 was part of his global tour to mark the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web (WWW). The exhibitions and presentations by beneficiaries of STEAM programs by W.TEC, left a lasting impression on Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

 

We at W.TEC are profoundly inspired by Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s work, thank him for his motivating message and appreciate TIME Magazine for sharing his message with the world.

 

Read more about the visit and read the letter from Sir Berners-Lee.

 

 

c.) Celebrated Safer Internet Day at the W.TEC Academy

Safer Internet Day is a day set aside to create awareness, among young people especially, of ways to use online tools safely. Digital technologies provide a world of possibilities at your fingertips. Yet, the internet also opens up certain risks to its users – especially the most vulnerable ones, such as children: privacy concerns, cyberbullying and disinformation.

Every year since 2017, W.TEC has supported the SID by organizing day-long programmes featuring educational and fun exercises and Staying Safe Online workshops for young people.

In 2020 W.TEC organized a SID event in Kwara State at St. Barnabas Secondary school, Ilorin – Kwara State for students from 13 schools across the state.

 

The programme was a day-long activity which featured fun exercises on what cyber crimes are all about. The was followed a workshop on Nigerian Internet Laws, enforcement, and staying safe online.

 

The evnt also featured keynote speaker, Mrs Olabimpe Olani - the Head of the National Library - Ilorin branch.

 

Read more about the event: https://wtec.org.ng/w-tec-holds-2020-safer-internet-day-in-kwara-state/

 

d.) Kicked off a new project “Digital Generation Youth” in South Africa

 

Another highlight of the year so far, has been the launch of the Digital Generation Youth project. This is a 2-year project aimed at developing new content, methods and activities to improve the quality of youth non-formal learning programmes for organisations in Nigeria, South Africa, Lithuania and the Netherlands. All partner organisations are delivering non-formal digital literacy and 21st century education programmes to young peoples.

 

The DGY project had its kick-off meeting in Port Elizabeth, South Africa with W.TEC Executive Director, Oreoluwa Lesi and Programme Manager, Folashade Braimoh representing the organisation.

 

A key aspect of the DGY project is the use of Digital Open Badges. Digital Open Badges are ways to recognise learning and experience achieved by completing some set activities. For every organisation we visited in Port Elizabeth, we had the chance to earn a badge by providing evidence of what we had learnt.

 

Read more: See our playlist of activities for which you can earn badges and read more about the visit to South Africa.

 

 

e.) Were nominated for the 2020 WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) Prizes

 

Early in January, we discovered that we had been nominated for the World Summit on the Information Society Prizes 2020 also known as the WSIS Prizes.

 

W.TEC was nominated in the 3rd category of the awards (C3: Access to information and knowledge) alongside 19 other amazing initiatives from around the globe. This nomination was a great way to start the year and it was an honour to be listed among the other impactful initiatives.

Read more: See the other finalists

 

f.) Participated in 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

In November 2019, W.TEC participated in the 2019 – 16 Days of Activism programme for the Elimination of Violence against Women and girls for the 9th year in a row. The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that kicks off annually on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

 

W.TEC supports the movement annually with a series of Staying Safe Online workshops for girls and women in secondary schools and higher institutions.

 

The workshops were scripted to reflect the 2019 theme of the campaign: “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!” W.TEC’s 2019 workshops were held in 3 states across Nigeria for the first time to boost the reach of W.TEC’s campaign:

 

I.) In Lagos state in partnership with the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) and with speakers from the United States Information Service – Lagos and Project Alert.

2.) In Ogun State at Yewa College, Ilaro.

3.) In Kwara State at Lower Niger Basin Staff College, Ilorin.

 

Altogether over 140 girls participated in the workshops.

 

Read more: https://wtec.org.ng/w-tec-holds-2019-16-days-of-activism/

 

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In all, this has been an uplifting start to the new year and decade.

 

Thank you for supporting and sharing our work. Because of you, we have been able to increase our reach and improve the quality of our programming.

 

Please continue to donate to our work. Also consider becoming a recurring donor and setting-up automatic monthly payments to us. And please share our work with others in your network.

 

Together, we can keep working to build a pipeline that supports girls and women throughout their journeys from early engagement to a career in technology and sciences. We thank you and our girls thank you too.

 

Warm regards,

Oreoluwa Lesi

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

 

ABOUT W.TEC & THE W.TEC ACADEMY:

The W.TEC Academy is an after-school technology programme for girls in public secondary schools, designed to inspire girls to pursue computer science careers. The girls go through a year-long computing curriculum, which includes Computer Architecture & Networking, Scratch Programming, Alice Programming and Digital Arts.

 

The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) is a Nigerian nonprofit organisation committed to building a more inclusive technology ecosystem, with the next generation of women technology creators, entrepreneurs and leaders.

 

W.TEC wins at EQUALS in Tech Awards - Berlin
W.TEC wins at EQUALS in Tech Awards - Berlin
Staying Safe Online workshop (16 Days) - Kwara
Staying Safe Online workshop (16 Days) - Kwara
Staying Safe Online workshop (16 Days) - Lagos
Staying Safe Online workshop (16 Days) - Lagos
Digital Generation Youth Proj. Kick-Off, S. Africa
Digital Generation Youth Proj. Kick-Off, S. Africa

Links:

Nov 21, 2019

W.TEC Scaled New Heights in 2019

W.TEC Academy - Ogun State
W.TEC Academy - Ogun State

Dear friends,

 

2019 has been a year of some memorable firsts!! W.TEC expanded the Academy in Kwara State to Offa earlier this year and more recently launched in 2 secondary schools in Ogun State.

 

Over the last 3 months, W.TEC:

  • Launched the W.TEC Academy (Technology After School Clubs) in Ogun State

  • Launched monthly STEAMHer Series for girls in Lagos

  • Girls Voices for Change Participants Receive Awards

  • Completed the 2019 She Creates Camp Season & Recorded Highest Number of Participants

  • Reached Finalist stage of Girls Voices for Change Multimedia Contest & Other Awards

 

a.) Launched the W.TEC Academy (Technology After School Clubs) in Ogun State

 

Our after-school technology club for girls – W.TEC Academy, has commenced classes for the new phase of the program in Ogun State.

 

The extension of the program to the State for the 2019-2020 school session, started in October 2019 with 2 secondary schools in Yewa North Local Government Council.

Selected female students in Obalaju High School – Joga Orile and at Yewa-Egba High School – Ilaro, will be treated to numerous technology-related workshops. This is aimed at increasing the number of tech savvy girls within the community and inspiring more girls to studying STEM subjects in their schools, thereby closing the STEM gender gap and increasing the socio- economic opportunities for girls and their community.

The Ogun Academy is powered by the Dr. Abi A. Afonja Trust and GlobalGiving community of donors.

 

Read more: https://wtec.org.ng/w-tec-academy-opens-in-ogun-state/

 

b.) Launched monthly STEAMHer Series for girls in Lagos

 

The STEAMHer Series, a monthly STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths) training program for secondary schools has taken-off in Lagos. This is an initiative of the United Nations Information Centre – Lagos (UNIC-Lagos) in conjunction with Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) .

 

The main objective of this program is to bridge the gender gap in STEAM in Lagos schools. Sessions of the programme will be held once a month for girls at the UNIC Ikoyi office in Lagos and will cover a variety of Science and technology-themed topics.

The STEAMHer Series was officially launched on Wednesday October 30th at the UNIC office. The program was officiated by officials of UNIC, W.TEC and Lafarge Africa. The beautiful event had in attendance 100 girls from eight secondary schools, from Lagos State Educational Districts 3, who were treated to career talks and a small-group mentoring session anchored by female staff from Lafarge Africa Plc.

 

Learn more about the STEAMHer Series launch: https://wtec.org.ng/w-tec-unic-lagos-launch-steamher-series-program/

 

c.) Girls Voices for Change Participants Receive Awards

Participants of our Girls Voices for Change Program from Lagos City College, Sabo – Yaba, Lagos were presented with awards from our partners, Girls’ Voices for Change, aimed at supporting their education with study materials.

 

Girls Voices for Change partnered with W.TEC for the 2nd year to empower school girls with digital photography skills for them to share their important stories from their communities online.

The programme also collated pictures from all the workshops conducted around the world for an international photo contest. Thankfully, one of our participants from the workshop emerged in a finalist in the top 40 and subsequently finished in the top 5.

Read more: https://wtec.org.ng/w-tecs-participants-of-girls-voices-for-change-contest-presented-gift-awards/

 

d.) Completed the 2019 Camp Season & Recorded the Highest Number of Participants

 

The She Creates Camp took place in 4 locations across Lagos, Kwara and Anambra states:

 

  • She Creates Camp, Lagos Island – July 29 to August 9 with 17 girls

  • She Creates Camp, Lagos Mainland – August 19 to 31 with 50 girls

  • She Creates Camp, Awka, Anambra State – August 26 to September 6 with 17 girls

  • She Creates Camp, Ilorin, Kwara State – August 26 to September 6 with 19 girls

 

Across all 4 camps, we had 103 girls participating – up 29% from 2018. The girls learned Digital Electronics & Circuitry, Mechatronics, Python Programming, Computing Fundamentals, Website Design, Mobile Phone Repair, Digital Photography, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things. The girls also benefited from Gender & Leadership workshops, Career Presentations, Excursions to Technology-focused companies and participated in Team-Based Projects.

 

Partners for this year’s camp include Oracle, SAGE Foundation, Laureates College – Lagos, Kiddies Kingdom Private School, Roboton Robotics, Chris Ogunbanjo Foundation, Hadassah STEM Millenial Foundation, Swift Networks Ltd., Kenneth Dike eLibrary – Awka, Anambra State, Kwara State Ministry of Education, Queen Elizabeth School – Ilorin, African Women Global Technology Initiative, FGGC Sagamu Alumni, Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation, The Wellbeing Foundation, Roboton Robotics Academy & Bestman Games, Devamplify, Edufun Technik and YOU.

 

We deeply thank everyone who is receiving a copy of this newsletter, because it means that you have also provided financial support for our programmes.

 

You can read more about the camps online: https://wtec.org.ng/w-tec-holds-its-12th-girls-she-creates-camp/

e.) Awards Galore for W.TEC

2019 has been a phenomenal year of recognition for W.TEC as we have won some prestigious awards and be shortlisted for others.

We have won:

  • The inaugural NEDIS Recognition Awards in the Gender-focused education intervention category for our work on the She Creates Camp. The NEDIS Recognition Award for Innovation in Education which is designed to identify and recognise innovative solutions within the education space that addresses identified problems of access, equity and quality in the education sector.

Read more: https://www.tepcentre.com/awards/

  • NIRA Presidential Awards: The .ng Presidential Awards are special awards presented by the President of NiRA to individuals and organisations for their contributions to the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) and the growth of the .ng brand. The awards promote the Nigerian businesses, individuals, charity, public and private sector organizations which help to make the Internet a more secure, accessible and rewarding experience.

Read more: https://www.nira.org.ng/pdf/2019.ngAwards_winners.pdf

  • GlobalGiving October 2019 Project of the Month Award: We are honored to have our She Creates Camp, selected as “Project of the Month by GlobalGiving – the world’s largest crowd funding community.

The Project of the Month recognition is given to projects with a high-impact on their target communities and which actively demonstrate a high level of effectiveness and engagement with the GlobalGiving community. Selected projects must have in the past provided regular high-quality, substantive, and informative project reports to donors and have the capacity to absorb the generous funding from Project of the Month gifts.

We say a big THANK YOU to GlobalGiving and the entire GlobalGiving community for this big honour. We also say a big thank you to you, our steadfast supporter. W.TEC would not be able to carry out its mission if it were not for your financial and in-kind donations. Thank you for making our work possible.

Read more about our big win: https://wtec.org.ng/shecreates2020-wins-project-of-the-month-status-on-globalgiving/

We have emerged as finalist for:

  • EQUALS in Tech Awards: The annual EQUALS in Tech Awards is organized and presented by the EQUALS Global Partnership – a network of 90+ organizations, companies, UN agencies, and research institutions. The Awards recognize groundbreaking initiatives from around the world aimed at bridging the gender digital divide.

W.TEC emerged as finalist in the Skills category: https://twitter.com/equals/status/1192488858811863041

  • Girls Voices for Change Contest: One of W.TEC’s students made it to the finalist stage of the Girls Voices for Change contest in the Photography category. From hundreds of talented girls in 20 countries, she was one of the outstanding finalists of the contest and emerged in the top 5 for the Digital Photography category.

The #girlsvoicesforchange photography contests is a follow-up of the global partnership programme by @girlsvoicesnow whom engaged local NGOs and schools to organize photography workshops for girls, tagged ”Girls Voices for Change”. The aim of this initiative is to empower girls globally with a voice to tell their stories with photography.

  • Project Zero Awards: The Inclusive Technology for All project, which is led by the Children’s Developmental Centre (CDC) and the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) was shortlisted as a finalist for the Zero Project Awards.

 

The Zero Project Awards celebrates Innovative Practices and Policies that help improve the lives of persons with disabilities,

 

Nominated practices and policies go through a detailed quality check and through one round of peer-reviewing from experts – with and without disabilities – from around the world. In 2019, 169 Practices and 24 Policies made it through to the Shortlist, selected from an incredible 469 nominations. All shortlisted projects will be invited to attend the Zero Project Conference 2020 at the United Nations Offices in Vienna, Austria.

 

W.TEC is proud that the IT4A project has been recognised among the world’s best practices seeking to improve life for differently-abled people.

 

Learn more about the Zero Project: https://zeroproject.org/shortlisted-projects/

 

Learn more about our awards online: https://wtec.org.ng/w-tec-win-multiple-awards-in-2019/

 

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In all, this has been an energizing quarter for us with the promise of even more impactful months ahead.

 

Thank you for supporting and sharing our work. Because of you, we have been able to increase our reach and improve the quality of our programming.

 

Please continue to donate to our work. Also consider becoming a recurring donor and setting-up automatic monthly payments to us. And please share our work with others in your network.

 

Together, we can keep working to build a pipeline that supports girls and women throughout their journeys from early engagement to a career in technology and sciences. We thank you and our girls thank you too.

 

 

Warm regards,

Oreoluwa Lesi

 


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

“Teary farewell for teens at STEAM camp” (Newspaper Article): https://thenationonlineng.net/teary-farewell-for-teens-at-steam-camp/

 

 

“W.TEC’s ‘She Creates Camp’ is committed to increasing the numbers of Nigerian Women / Girls working in Science, Technology & Maths related Fields” (Online Article): https://www.bellanaija.com/2019/10/w-tec-steam-camp/

 

“W.TEC Summer ICT Training Camp Ends In Awka” (Online Article): https://www.nobedad.com/article/b58c8472?c=226dc472ad&nc=1

 

“Group organises summer ICT training for girls” (Newspaper Article): https://www.nationallightngr.com/2019/09/12/group-organises-summer-ict-training-for-girls/

 

“NGO trains 50 girls on electronic circuit technologies, web designs”: (Newspaper Article) https://nnn.com.ng/ngo-trains-50-girls-on-electronic-circuit-technologies-web-designs/

 

“WTEC empowers 50 schoolgirls on technology skills” (Newspaper Article): https://punchng.com/wtec-empowers-50-schoolgirls-on-technology-skills/?fbclid=IwAR3C3wrmgGyC-LpeuF1G3hculBCzEOmNhICFcDvfWq6UvqnE0JSlXRiDTqI

 

“NGO trains 50 girls on electronic circuit technologies, web designs” (Online Article): https://realnewsmagazine.net/tech/ngo-trains-50-girls-on-electronic-circuit-technologies-web-designs/

 

See more photos of the camps and our other programmes online: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wtec/albums



View videos from the camps & our other programmes: https://www.youtube.com/user/watchwtec

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Visit W.TEC website: www.wtec.org.ng

 

Email W.TEC: info@wtec.org.ng

 

 

ABOUT W.TEC & THE GIRLS TECHNOLOGY CAMP:

The She Creates Camp is an initiative designed to help Nigerian secondary schoolgirls develop an early interest in computer science, information technology and related careers. The She Creates Camp helps to intervene early, combat stereotypes and tackle the digital gender divide. We teach girls to create digital content, create software and develop skills that use information and communication technologies. Our two-week immersion programme empowers girls to contribute meaningfully to the digital economy and improve their economic opportunities.

The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) is a Nigerian nonprofit organisation committed to building a more inclusive technology ecosystem, with the next generation of women technology creators, entrepreneurs and leaders.

 

Girls Voices for Change Awards Ceremony
Girls Voices for Change Awards Ceremony
STEAMHer Series Launch
STEAMHer Series Launch
STEAMHer Series Launch
STEAMHer Series Launch
She Creates Camp
She Creates Camp
W.TEC Academy - Kwara State
W.TEC Academy - Kwara State

Links:

Nov 19, 2019

W.TEC Scaled New Heights in 2019

Early Innovators Camp
Early Innovators Camp

 

Dear friends,

 

The 2019 camp season has come and gone and ended on an unbelievably high note. Again, it was another year of some memorable firsts!!

 

Over the last 3 months, W.TEC:

  • Completed the 2019 She Creates Camp Season & Recorded Highest Number of Participants

  • Launched our 1st She Creates Camp in Ilorin - Kwara State

  • Introduced Digital Electronics into She Creates Camp Curriculum

  • Hosted 2 Early Innovators Camps & Launched New Site

  • Selected as GlobalGiving October 2019 Project of the Month

  • Reached Finalist stage of Girls Voices for Change Multimedia Contest & Other Awards

 

a.) Completed the 2019 Camp Season & Recorded the Highest Number of Participants

 

The She Creates Camp took place in 4 locations across Lagos, Kwara and Anambra states:

 

  • She Creates Camp, Lagos Island – July 29 to August 9 with 17 girls

  • She Creates Camp, Lagos Mainland – August 19 to 31 with 50 girls

  • She Creates Camp, Awka, Anambra State – August 26 to September 6 with 17 girls

  • She Creates Camp, Ilorin, Kwara State – August 26 to September 6 with 19 girls

 

Across all 4 camps, we had 103 girls participating – up 29% from 2018. The girls learned Digital Electronics & Circuitry, Mechatronics, Python Programming, Computing Fundamentals, Website Design, Mobile Phone Repair, Digital Photography, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things. The girls also benefited from Gender & Leadership workshops, Career Presentations, Excursions to Technology-focused companies and participated in Team-Based Projects.

Partners for this year’s camp include Oracle, SAGE Foundation, Laureates College – Lagos, Kiddies Kingdom Private School, Roboton Robotics, Chris Ogunbanjo Foundation, Hadassah STEM Millenial Foundation, Swift Networks Ltd., Kenneth Dike eLibrary – Awka, Anambra State, Kwara State Ministry of Education, Queen Elizabeth School – Ilorin, African Women Global Technology Initiative, FGGC Sagamu Alumni, Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation, The Wellbeing Foundation, Roboton Robotics Academy & Bestman Games, Devamplify, Edufun Technik and YOU.

 

We deeply thank everyone who is receiving a copy of this newsletter, because it means that you have also provided financial support for our programmes.

 

You can read more about the camps online: https://wtec.org.ng/w-tec-holds-its-12th-girls-she-creates-camp/

b.) Launched our 1st She Creates Camp in Ilorin - Kwara State

Following 2 years of running our weekly after school technology clubs for secondary school girls in the cities of Ilorin and Offa in Kwara state, we finally launched the She Creates Camp for girls in Kwara State.

The exciting curriculum covered Website Design, Digital Photography, Mobile Phone Repair, Science & Technology Career Presentations and an excursion to the Nigerian Television Authority.

You can see photos from the Kwara State camp online: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wtec/albums/72157711216923597

c.) Introduced Digital Electronics & Mechatronics into She Creates Camp Curriculum

As we work to keep the camp content more engaging and equip girls with the skills and capacities to solve for today and tomorrow’s problems, W.TEC introduced Digital Electronics and Circuitry and Mechatronics modules into the curriculum of the Lagos Mainland She Creates camp. Mechatronics is a combination of Robotics, Mechanics, Electronic and programming.

 

Read more: https://nnn.com.ng/ngo-trains-50-girls-on-electronic-circuit-technologies-web-designs/

 

d.) Hosted 2 Early Innovators Camps & Launched New Site

 

W.TEC continued our commitment to raising the next generation of technologists through our Early Innovators Camp.

The Early Innovators Camp harnesses the curiousity of children ages 5 to 10 years old and introduces them to computing and science concepts through play and exploration.

 

In 2019, the girls and boys participated in our 2 week Early Innovators Camp, where they learnt and developed skills in Digital Story-Telling and Robotics.

W.TEC launched a second site of the Early Innovators Camp in Lekki, Lagos to cater to children in this neighbourhood and environs. This was in addition to our existing camp, which took place on the Lagos Mainland and hosted by Kiddies Kingdom Private School in Aviation Estate, Mafoluku.

In all, 40 girls and boys participated in both Early Innovators Camps, up from 14 students in 2018.

The sponsors of this year’s camps are The Chris Ogunbanjo Foundation, Kiddies Kingdom Private School Lagos, and numerous individuals. Our media supporters for publicity were: Bella Naija, NAN, Tech Cabal, The Nation Newspapers & The Punch Newspapers.

You can learn more about the Early Innovators Camp online: https://wtec.org.ng/w-tec-holds-early-innovators-camps-for-children/

 

e) Selected as GlobalGiving October 2019 Project of the Month

We are honored to have our She Creates Camp, selected as “Project of the Month by GlobalGiving – the world’s largest crowd funding community.

The Project of the Month recognition is given to projects with a high-impact on their target communities and which actively demonstrate a high level of effectiveness and engagement with the GlobalGiving community. Selected projects must have in the past provided regular high-quality, substantive, and informative project reports to donors and have the capacity to absorb the generous funding from Project of the Month gifts.

Read more about our big win: https://wtec.org.ng/shecreates2020-wins-project-of-the-month-status-on-globalgiving/

f) Awards Galore for W.TEC

2019 has been a phenomenal year of recognition for W.TEC as we have won some prestigious awards and be shortlisted for others.

We have won:

We have won:

  • The inaugural NEDIS Recognition Awards in the Gender-focused education intervention category for our work on the She Creates Camp. The NEDIS Recognition Award for Innovation in Education which is designed to identify and recognise innovative solutions within the education space that addresses identified problems of access, equity and quality in the education sector.

Read more: https://www.tepcentre.com/awards/

  • NIRA Presidential Awards: The .ng Presidential Awards are special awards presented by the President of NiRA to individuals and organisations for their contributions to the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) and the growth of the .ng brand. The awards promote the Nigerian businesses, individuals, charity, public and private sector organizations which help to make the Internet a more secure, accessible and rewarding experience.

Read more: https://www.nira.org.ng/pdf/2019.ngAwards_winners.pdf

We have emerged as finalist for:

  • EQUALS in Tech Awards: The annual EQUALS in Tech Awards is organized and presented by the EQUALS Global Partnership – a network of 90+ organizations, companies, UN agencies, and research institutions. The Awards recognize groundbreaking initiatives from around the world aimed at bridging the gender digital divide.

W.TEC emerged as finalist in the Skills category: https://twitter.com/equals/status/1192488858811863041

  • Girls Voices for Change Contest: One of W.TEC’s students made it to the finalist stage of the Girls Voices for Change contest in the Photography category. From hundreds of talented girls in 20 countries, she was one of the outstanding finalists of the contest and emerged in the top 5 for the Digital Photography category.

 

  • Project Zero Awards: The Inclusive Technology for All project, which is led by the Children’s Developmental Centre (CDC) and the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) was shortlisted as a finalist for the Zero Project Awards.

 

The Zero Project Awards celebrates Innovative Practices and Policies that help improve the lives of persons with disabilities.  In 2019, 169 Practices and 24 Policies made it through to the Shortlist, selected from an incredible 469 nominations. All shortlisted projects will be invited to attend the Zero Project Conference 2020 at the United Nations Offices in Vienna, Austria.

 

W.TEC is proud that the IT4A project has been recognised among the world’s best practices seeking to improve life for differently-abled people.

 

Learn more about the Zero Project: https://zeroproject.org/shortlisted-projects/

 

Learn more about our awards online: https://wtec.org.ng/w-tec-win-multiple-awards-in-2019/

 

 

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In all, this has been an exhilarating year for us and we are excited about what lies ahead next year.

 

Thank you for supporting and sharing our work. Because of you, we have been able to increase our reach and improve the quality of our programming.

 

Please continue to donate to our work. Also consider becoming a recurring donor and setting-up automatic monthly payments to us. And please share our work with others in your network.

 

Together, we can keep working to build a pipeline that supports girls and women throughout their journeys from early engagement to a career in technology and sciences. We thank you and our girls thank you too.

 

This will be the last report for this year and so we take this opportunity to wish you a happy celebratory season ahead.

 

 

Warm regards,

Oreoluwa Lesi

 


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

“Teary farewell for teens at STEAM camp” (Newspaper Article): https://thenationonlineng.net/teary-farewell-for-teens-at-steam-camp/

 

 

“W.TEC’s ‘She Creates Camp’ is committed to increasing the numbers of Nigerian Women / Girls working in Science, Technology & Maths related Fields” (Online Article): https://www.bellanaija.com/2019/10/w-tec-steam-camp/

 

“W.TEC Summer ICT Training Camp Ends In Awka” (Online Article): https://www.nobedad.com/article/b58c8472?c=226dc472ad&nc=1

 

“Group organises summer ICT training for girls” (Newspaper Article): https://www.nationallightngr.com/2019/09/12/group-organises-summer-ict-training-for-girls/

 

 

“WTEC empowers 50 schoolgirls on technology skills” (Newspaper Article): https://punchng.com/wtec-empowers-50-schoolgirls-on-technology-skills/?fbclid=IwAR3C3wrmgGyC-LpeuF1G3hculBCzEOmNhICFcDvfWq6UvqnE0JSlXRiDTqI

 

 

See more photos of the camps and our other programmes online: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wtec/albums



View videos from the camps & our other programmes: https://www.youtube.com/user/watchwtec

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Visit W.TEC website: www.wtec.org.ng

 

Email W.TEC: info@wtec.org.ng

 

 

ABOUT W.TEC & THE GIRLS TECHNOLOGY CAMP:

The She Creates Camp is an initiative designed to help Nigerian secondary schoolgirls develop an early interest in computer science, information technology and related careers. The She Creates Camp helps to intervene early, combat stereotypes and tackle the digital gender divide. We teach girls to create digital content, create software and develop skills that use information and communication technologies. Our two-week immersion programme empowers girls to contribute meaningfully to the digital economy and improve their economic opportunities.

The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) is a Nigerian nonprofit organisation committed to building a more inclusive technology ecosystem, with the next generation of women technology creators, entrepreneurs and leaders.

 

Girls at the She Creates Camp- Lagos Mainland
Girls at the She Creates Camp- Lagos Mainland
She Creates Camp
She Creates Camp
Girls Voices for Change Photography Workshop
Girls Voices for Change Photography Workshop

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