Aug 23, 2019

It's a Summer of Learning & Fun at W.TEC

Girls at the She Creates Camp- Lagos Mainland
Girls at the She Creates Camp- Lagos Mainland

Dear friends,

 

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:

  • 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.) 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/

 

 

b.) 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.

 

 

c.) 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 a technology start-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/

 

d.) 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 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.

 

Women in Tech Panel - She Creates Lagos Mainland
Women in Tech Panel - She Creates Lagos Mainland
Girls & Speakers in She Creates Lagos Mainland
Girls & Speakers in She Creates Lagos Mainland
Visit to AI Lab - She Creates Lagos Lekki Camp
Visit to AI Lab - She Creates Lagos Lekki Camp
Internet of Things Session - SheCreates Lekki Camp
Internet of Things Session - SheCreates Lekki Camp

Links:

May 29, 2019

W.TEC Abuzz with 2019 She Creates Camp Preparation

Sir Tim Berners-Lee visits W.TEC at Web 30th Anniv
Sir Tim Berners-Lee visits W.TEC at Web 30th Anniv

Dear friends,

 

Activities in 2019 took off speedily, as the planning for the 2019 programmes swung in full gear. As the camp season rapidly approaches, we are happy to share the plans for the camps and updates on other activities over the last quarter.

 

Over the last 3 months, W.TEC:

  • Welcomed World Wide Web Inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee

  • Opened-up the 2019 She Creates Camp application

  • Plans for the 3rd Early Innovators Camp

  • Celebrated International Girls in ICT Day with the United Nations

  • W.TEC & Rotary Club – Falomo Empower Girls with Technology & Entrepreneurship Skills

  • Hosted Panel Session at Digital Rights & Inclusion Forum #DRIF19

 

a.) W.TEC Welcomed World Wide Web Inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee:
W.TEC had the pleasure of welcoming Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web(WWW) to our office on Wednesday March 13th 2019 as part of his activities to celebrate the milestone 30 years of the World Wide Web.

 

Sir Tim Berners-Lee embarked on a marathon 30-hour tour of 3 cities (Geneva-London-Lagos) to celebrate the 30 year milestone of the World Wide Web. The tour which is organised by the World Wide Web Foundation commenced at CERN in Switzerland where he invented the web.

 

His visit to W.TEC is part of his Lagos trip and while at W.TEC, he was introduced to the organisation’s vision, operations and impact over the years by our staff and board.

 

The highlight of the visit was the showcase by W.TEC alumnae of projects developed by the young ladies, which included Robotics projects, mobile applications, programmes developed in Python, websites and films.

 

Read more about Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s visit: https://wtec.org.ng/sir-tim-berners-lee-celebrates-30years-of-the-world-wide-webwww-at-w-tec/

 

b.) Opened-up the 2019 She Creates Camp application: We have started accepting applications for the 2019 She Creates Camp series.

 

The 2019 SheCreates Camps will hold in Lagos, Kwara and Anambra States from July – September and the dates are:

 

1. SheCreates 2019 Lagos-Mainland Camp – Residential Camp (August 18th – 31st)

2. SheCreates 2019 Lekki Camp – Non-Residential Camp (July 29th – Aug 9th)

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

4. 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, Kenneth Dike eLibrary – Awka, Anambra State and Kwara State Ministry of Education.

 

The Lagos-Mainland Camp will focus on Electronics and Programming, while the Lekki Camp will focus on Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things.

 

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

 

 

c.) Plans for the 3rd Early Innovators Camp: This year’s Early Innovators Camp, for 5 to 10 years old girls and boys, is aimed at harnessing the innate curiosity of children by introducing them to computing and science concepts through play and exploration.

 

This year’s edition will focus on Digital Film Making and Animation using Scratch Programming.

There are more details available online: https://wtec.org.ng/early-innovators-camp/

 

 

d.) W.TEC Hosted Two International Girls in ICT Day Celebrations: The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (WTEC), partnered with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) -Lagos in conjunction with United Nations Women – Nigeria, to host school girls and ladies for an interactive forum to mark 2019 International Girls in ICT Day at the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Ikoyi -Lagos on April 25th 2019.

 

The event opened with a welcome address delivered by Ronald Kayanja, the Director of UNIC – Lagos. The keynote address for the event, “Expanding Horizons and Changing Attitudes to Bridge the Gender Digital Divide for Sustainable Development”, was given by Comfort Lamptey, the Director – UN Women Nigeria, who was represented by Obiananma Agbim.

The first panel session focused on “Gender Equality in Digital Access, Skills and Leadership” and featured Chidiogo Victor-Willie, Software Enterprise Licensing & Compliance Manager at Oracle with Eduabasi Essien, Partner Development Manager at Microsoft.

 

The second panel session on “Think Equal: Women Rising in Technology Careers” featured Bisi Osibogun, Sales Development Specialist – Baker Hughes, GE; Simbo Olatoregun, Product Marketing Manager SSA, Grow with Google – Google Nigeria; and Sefunmi Fadahunsi, Oracle Academy Programme Manager, Sub Saharan Africa – Oracle.

 

Our second Girls in ICT Day celebration took place at the Kiddies Kingdom Private School (KKPS) in Mafoluku – Lagos.

The event, a talk session was based on “computational thinking” to familiarize the girls with of problem solving and learning how to express problems and their solutions in ways that a computer could execute.

During the program the girls were treated to games which illustrates how computer codes are composed and function, functioning of algorithms and others. Thus the girls were engaged numerous exercises which sparked the imagination of the girls on ICT processes as they asked a ton of questions.

 

e.) W.TEC & Rotary Club – Falomo Empower Girls with Technology & Entrepreneurship Skills: In April, WTEC in conjunction with the Rotary Club – Falomo, Ikoyi and the Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation (AAF) trained 30 girls to make furniture out of household waste and to use technology to publicise their products.

 

Stage 1 of the project was a 2-day training on soft furnishing and recycling/ waste to wealth training and project work. At the end of training participants acquired skills useful for managing waste and recycling waste materials, such as, tyres for household furniture.

 

Stage 2 of the program; was a 2-day technology training, focusing on social media design, branding training and project work. Specifically, they learnt how to use social networking and business promotion tools (including Instagram, Facebook, Mailing Lists and WhatsApp to share information about products and services in a targeted way, reach potential customers, deliver better customer service and building a community with existing clients.

 

One major testimonial that stood out was from a participant who mentioned that during the workshop she practiced her social media skills by setting up social media accounts for her mum’s business and an aunt was willing to pay her a token to set up one her too.

Learn more about this project: https://wtec.org.ng/w-tec-partners-rotary-club-aaf-to-empower-girls/

 

f.) Hosted Panel Session at Digital Rights & Inclusion Forum – Lagos, Nigeria:On April 25, 2019, W.TEC Executive Director, Oreoluwa Lesi, organised and participated in a panel discussion at the Digital Rights Inclusion Forum 2019 in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (formerly Internet Freedom Forum- IFF) DRIF is an arena where tough topical global issues around Internet rights, especially in Africa, are discussed between civil society, technology companies, government, academia and other stakeholders. Over the last 7 years, DRIF has gained a reputation as an important platform where conversations on digital policy in Africa are shaped, and policy directions forged.

This session was tagged “Internet Governance: Multistakholderism and Participation in the Assigned Names and Numbers Sector” and set out to explain, for newcomers, what Internet Governance in the names and assigned numbers sector is. It outlined how a decentralized and international multistakeholder network can contribute to the development and application of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet.

 

You can read more about the session online at https://wtec.org.ng/at-the-digital-rights-inclusion-forum-drif19/ and also watch the video recording of the panel here: https://youtu.be/v_Pzfd6v4Sk

 

 

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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:

 

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 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.

 

Sir Tim Berners-Lee visits W.TEC at Web 30th Anniv
Sir Tim Berners-Lee visits W.TEC at Web 30th Anniv
Int'l Girls in ICT Day with UNIC & UN Women
Int'l Girls in ICT Day with UNIC & UN Women
2019 W.TEC She Creates Camp Application Open
2019 W.TEC She Creates Camp Application Open
Panel at 2019 Digital Rights & Inclusion Forum
Panel at 2019 Digital Rights & Inclusion Forum
Tech & Entrepreneurship Project with Rotary Club
Tech & Entrepreneurship Project with Rotary Club

Links:

Feb 27, 2019

2019: A Year to Move Up to the Next Level

Photography Project with Girls Voices for Change
Photography Project with Girls Voices for Change


Dear friends,

 

Activities in 2019 took off speedily, as the planning for the 2019 programmes swung into full gear.

 

Over the last 3 months, W.TEC has worked to:

  • Expand the W.TEC Academy to a new city

  • Launch a new edition of the She Creates Camp in Kwara State

  • Celebrate Safer Internet Day

  • Host a Stoytelling Masterclass at Social Media Week Lagos

  • Wrap-up Photography Workshop for public school girls

  • Organised panel discussion for International Day for Women and Girls in Science

 

a.) Expanding the W.TEC Academy to New City: The W.TEC Academy is our afterschool club for girls in public secondary schools, designed to inspire girls to pursue computer science careers. With clubs in Lagos and Kwara states, the girls through go through a year-long computing curriculum, which includes modules such as Computer Architecture, Scratch Programming and Alice Programming.

 

Working in partnership with the Kwara State Ministry of Education, the Academy is currently in 9 public schools in Ilorin, Kwara State, as well in 3 schools in Lagos. W.TEC has concluded plans to expand to the city of Offa in Kwara State, in at least 4 new schools. With this, the afterschool club will reach 100 more girls and help them become more become more confident in writing programmes, developing applications and creating digital content.

 

 

b.) Plans to Launch a New She Creates STEM Camp in Kwara State: The SHE CREATES CAMPis an intensive programme for girls aged 13 to 17 years, which helps to intervene early, combat stereotypes and tackle the science and technology gender divide. The camps provide a high quality and exciting environment where the girls learn to create useful technologies for everyday living through programming, mobile application development, graphics designing, film-making and digital animation programming.

In 2018, W.TEC organised four She Creates Camps in Lagos and Anambra states for 80 girls. In 2019, we will launch an additional camp in Ilorin, Kwara State and this new camp is expected to impact to 40 girls.

 

c.) W.TEC Celebrates Safer Internet Day: The Safer Internet Day is marked globally, every February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobiles by our youth.

Since 2016, W.TEC has marked the Safer Internet Day in Lagos with huge events planned for lasting impact on teenagers. In 2019 W.TEC took it a step further from organising just one event to organising 3 events, partnering with schools and other organisations, as well as conducting an online campaign.

 

These events were:

 

1. A workshop on social media etiquette for students from 3 schools: Oke-Odo Junior Secondary School, Aiyetoro Senior Grammar School and Herbert Macaulay Junior Secondary School, all in the Ebute-Metta area of Lagos State.

2. A workshop on social media etiquette and safer internet techniques for participants of W.TEC Academy in Ilorin, Kwara State.

3. A presentation on social media etiquette and safer internet techniques at Queen’s College Yaba, Lagos.

 

In addition, W.TEC’s Communications’ Officer, Mr. Adeyemi Odutola was a panelist at an Safer Internet Day discussion session, organised by the Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development (CECAD) at Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA).

 

W.TEC’s Executive Director Mrs Oreoluwa Lesi was a guest speaker at a workshop for primary and secondary school students, organised by Child Online Safety NG.

 

d.) W.TEC Organised a Storytelling Masterclass at Social Media Week Lagos: We hosted a masterclass on Storytelling at the recently-held 2019 Social Media Week Lagos programme.

The event tagged “Storytelling Techniques for Amplifying Social Impact” covered the following aspects: The Strategy of Storytelling; How Storytelling is important in the increase of social impact; The Anatomy of a good story; and how to build a culture of storytelling within the organisation.

Social Media Week is a global week-long programme, which takes place in several cities across the world simultaneously and which showcases the brightest and best minds discussing, exploring, debating and learning about the impact of social media on our lives.

 

e.) Wrapped-up Photography Project for Public School Girls: W.TEC recently wrapped-up a 2-month long project on Photography. The photography project, tagged ”Girls Voices for Change” is a global initiative of Girls’ Voices for Change. It was set-up to partner with nonprofits and schools around the world to teach girls the art of story telling with photography to empower them with a voice that will enable them share online, matters that affect them within their communities. W.TEC worked with 14 girls from Aiyetoro Senior Grammar School in Ebute-Metta, Lagos.

 

On successful completion of the project, the girls, many of who had never used a camera prior to the start of the project, were rewarded with gifts aimed at supporting their education. These gifts included;

  1. A Complete set of senior secondary school text books and stationaries

  2. 2 sets of school uniforms

  3. A school bag

  4. A smart watch

  5. A solar rechargeable lamp

  6. Certificate of participation

 

In addition, the school received a public address system, complete with speakers and microphone for use during school assemblies and other in-school events.

 

The workshop was facilitated by Miss Monsurat Oshinfisan who was a participant of our 2013 photography and film making workshop, when she was in secondary school. With her experience and training she was able to facilitate the sessions confidently.

 

f.) Organised Panel Discussion for International Day for Women and Girls in Science: On February 11, W.TEC put together an exciting panel of women working in STEM to celebrate the International Day for Women and Girls in Science.

 

The panel took place at Supreme Education Foundation School and showcased to the 50 students present, the diversity of careers possible across the sciences, medicine, technology and engineering. The speakers were Dr. Omolola Salako, an oncologist and more recently, a technology entrepreneur; Engr. Nimot Muili, a civil and structural engineer, Ms. Opemipo Fajana, a technology analyst and Ms. Adeola Akinyemiju, a STEM advocate and Physics and Electronics graduate. The women talked about the paths to their respective careers, shared what a typical day was like, discussed how they address challenges at work and overall encouraged the students to seriously consider careers in science and technology.

 

 

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This has been a very busy quarter for us with the promise of an impactful year 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.

 

As International Women’s Day and W.TEC’s 11th anniversary approaches, we will be fundraising intensely for our new camp planned for Kwara State and the continuous expansion of our work.

 

Please donate to us on International Women’s Day (Friday, March 8) and get your donation matched. 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:

“NGO trains 23,000 women, girls in ICT” (Newspaper Article): http://thenationonlineng.net/ngo-trains-23000-women-girls-ict/

 

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 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.

 

"Storytelling for Social Impact" Masterclass
"Storytelling for Social Impact" Masterclass
Int'l Day for Women & Girls in Science Day panel
Int'l Day for Women & Girls in Science Day panel
W.TEC Academy afterschool STEM club - Kwara State
W.TEC Academy afterschool STEM club - Kwara State
Photography Project with Girls Voices for Change
Photography Project with Girls Voices for Change

Links:

 
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