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

Follow W.TEC on Instagram,Twitter and Facebook

 

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

Follow W.TEC on Instagram,Twitter and Facebook

 

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

Links:

Aug 23, 2019

Academy Wraps-Up & Now a Summer of Learning & Fun

W.TEC Academy Graduation - Ilorin, Kwara State
W.TEC Academy Graduation - Ilorin, Kwara State

Dear friends,

 

The W.TEC Academy has ended for the 2018-2019 academic year and we are looking forward to its resumption for the new year in September 2019. We are especially looking forward to our expansion to Ogun State.

 

The 2019 camp season is in full swing. We are in the middle of the second She Creates Camp. We are happy to share some news now and will have a more comprehensive update in our next report.

 

Over the last 3 months, W.TEC:

  • Graduated a New Set of Girls at W.TEC Academy

  • Launched Early Innovators Camp in Lagos-Island

  • Organised the 1st She Creates Camp of 2019

  • Is hosting the 2nd She Create Camp of 2019

  • Facilitated Teacher Training Workshop

a.) Graduated 110 Girls at W.TEC Academy: In July 2019, W.TEC graduated her 2nd set of students in Kwara State, Nigeria. It was a grand event featuring 9 schools and had in attendance guests from the Kwara State Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development.

The graduation, which took place in two (2) venues across Ilorin, was facilitated by Mrs Tolulope Ibrahim (Intern – Project Assistant, W.TEC Ilorin), Taiwo Jimoh and our team of volunteers.

The two venues where our graduation events took place were Queen Elizabeth School and National Library, Ilorin.

Students from Queen Elizabeth School, Sheikh Abdulkadri College, Government Day Girls Secondary School Oko-Erin, Waziri Secondary School and Government Day Secondary School Odo-Okun, all converged at Queen Elizabeth School.

Students from Cherubim & Seraphim College, Taoheed Secondary School, St. Barnabas Secondary School and Government Day Secondary School Tanke converged at the National Library.

In addition to the 110 girls enrolled in the city of Ilorin, Kwara State, another set of 198 girls completed the Academy activities in the town of Offa, Kwara State.

 

 

b.) W.TEC launched the Early Innovators Camp in a second site in Lagos, Nigeria: The Early Innovators Camp is designed for 5 to 10 years old girls and boys. It is aimed at harnessing the innate curiosity of children by introducing them to computing and science concepts through play and exploration.

W.TEC launched a second site of the Early Innovators Camp in Lekki, Lagos to cater to children in this neighbourhood and environs.

Over a 2-week period, 19 children learnt and developed skills in Digital Story-Telling and Robotics.

You can learn more about the Early Innovators Camp online: https://wtec.org.ng/early-innovators-camp/

 

 

c.) Organised the 1st She Creates Camp of 2019: Starting from July 29th and for a period of 2 weeks, we hosted over a dozen girls in the Lekki edition of the She Creates Camp.

 

The focus of this day camp was Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence and saw the girls creating exciting and practical projects that utilised the principle of IoT and AI. Some of their work included smart door alerts that triggered a phone call when the door is opened and smart street lights that come on automatically in the dark.

 

We are thrilled at what our girls were able to accomplish in such a relatively short period of time and look forward to supporting them through future programmes to achieve even more.

 

 

d.) W.TEC is in the middle of the 2nd She Creates Camp of 2019: As you read this report, W.TEC is just days into our second She Creates camp of the year.

 

This camp edition is taking place in Ikeja, on the mainland area of Lago state, Nigeria. Forty-nine girls are living at the camp venue for the period of two weeks. Over the duration of the camp, the girls will learn Electronics and Digital Circuitry, Mechatronics (a combination of Robotics, Mechanics, Electronic and programming) and Python Programming. The girls will also learn Digital Film-making and we look forward to the films they will make about their camp experiences.

 

In addition to the highly technical sessions, our campers have participated in other workshops, such as Gender & Leadership and Health & Fitness workshops. One highlight so far has been the Women in Technology panel, which featured atechnologystart-up founder, a software engineer and an electrical engineer-turned-business leader in a manufacturing multinational. This panel left the girls incredibly inspired and we can’t wait to see what the remainder of the camp will bring.

 

The rest of the 2019 SheCreates Camps will take place in Kwara and Anambra State:

 

1. SheCreates 2019 Awka Camp – Non-Residential Camp (August 26th – Sept 6th)

2. SheCreates 2019 Ilorin Camp – Non-Residential Camp (August 26th – Sept 6th)

 

Partners for this year’s camp so far include Oracle, SAGE Foundation, Laureates College – Lagos, Kiddies Kingdom Private School, Roboton Robotics, Chris Ogunbanjo Foundation, Hadassah STEM Foundation, Kenneth Dike eLibrary – Awka, Anambra State and Kwara State Ministry of Education.

 

Learn more about all the camps on our website: https://wtec.org.ng/programme/she-creates-camp/

 

e.) Facilitated Training Workshop for Technology Teachers: W.TEC facilitated at a training of trainers workshop for teachers and club managers of the Digital Girls Club in May 2019.

 

The Digital Girls Club is an online initiative designed to help Nigerian secondary school girls develop an early interest in computers and in the information and communication technology field as a whole.

The Federal Ministry of Communications partnered with the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) and Women in Technology in Nigeria (WITIN) to develop the curriculum and content for the online portal. The hands-on portal, features online tutorials on Creating Games in Alice Programming, Computer hardware, How Computers Are Built, Introduction to Building Websites Using HTML, Introduction to JavaScript, Introduction to Programming Using Python and others

 

W.TEC worked with existing and new club managers over the perio of the 2-day workshop and took them through the club curriculum.

 

You can learn more about this project: https://wtec.org.ng/federal-ministry-of-communications-partners-w-tec-witin-to-train-74-ict-teachers-from-nigerian-unity-schools/


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In all, this has been an energising 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:

“Monitor video games played by children, experts urge parents” (Newspaper Article): https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/monitor-video-games-play-by-children-experts-urge-parents.html

 

See more photos of the camps online: https://www.instagram.com/wteconline/ and https://www.facebook.com/pg/wteconlinepage/photos/?tab=album&album_id=215083191865726



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

Follow W.TEC on Instagram,Twitter and Facebook

 

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

 

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

 

 

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. With clubs in Lagos and Kwara states, the girls go through through a year-long computing curriculum, which includes modules such as Computer Architecture, Scratch Programming and Alice Programming. Through their participation in the technology clubs, the girls become more confident in writing programmes, developing applications and creating digital content. This programme was designed to complement the existing computer science curriculum in the schools, which tends to focus more on theoretical knowledge than practical experience.

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.

 

W.TEC Academy Graduation - Ilorin, Kwara State
W.TEC Academy Graduation - Ilorin, Kwara State
Project Showcase - Academy Graduation, Kwara
Project Showcase - Academy Graduation, Kwara
Visit to AI Lab - She Creates Lagos Lekki Camp
Visit to AI Lab - She Creates Lagos Lekki Camp
Women in Tech Panel - She Creates Lagos Mainland
Women in Tech Panel - She Creates Lagos Mainland

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