Jun 12, 2018

W.TEC Marches Towards the 2018 Camp Season

2018 She Creates Camp Flier
2018 She Creates Camp Flier


 

Dear friends,

 

Over the last quarter, we at W.TEC HQ have been immersed in the planning and preparation for the upcoming 2018 camp season.

 

Major highlights for this quarter include:

  • Call for Camp Applications Opens
  • Launch of Mentoring Programme
  • Girls in ICT Day – Ilorin, Kwara State
  • Courtesy Visit to Lagos State Education District IV
  • W.TEC Alumnae Inspired By Black Panther
  • New W.TEC Website Launched

 

a.) Call for Camp Applications Opens

 

The W.TEC Girls Technology Camp – now rebranded as the She Creates Technology Camp – will take place in 3 locations across Lagos and Anambra states:

 

  • She Creates Camp, Lagos Mainland - Jul 23 - Aug 3
  • She Creates Camp, Lagos Island - Aug 5 -18
  • She Creates Camp, Awka, Anambra State – Aug 20 – Sep 1

 

The girls will participate in technology workshops on Robotics, Renewable Energy, Software Design, Animation, 3D Design and Printing), career talk sessions, team-building exercises and excursions.

The theme for this year’s camp will be Online Security. Over the last few months in particular, several events – from Cambridge Analytica’s access to and misue of personal data to the questioning of Facebook’s role in the incidence to the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – have brought into renewed focus the reality that personal information shared online is extremely vulnerable and can be easily shared with shared and misused.

 

Young people make-up a large proportion of the online population and while they are adept at using the range of available tools, they do not always pay attention to securing their information. At the camp, we will explore the problem of online data insecurity and design solutions to adresss these – from tools to safeguard personal information to apps that can inform about data breaches.

 

In addition to these camps for girls aged 13 to 17 years, we will organise for the second year running, a technology camp for students of 6 to 9 years old called the Early Innovators Camp.

 

The Early Innovators Camp serves to harness the innate curiousity of children and introduce them to computing and science concepts through play and exploration.

Email info@wtec.org.ng to learn more or apply for any of the camps.

 

 

b.) Launch of Mentoring Programme

 

The Early Innovators and She Creates Camp represent the first steps in building a cadre of future women technology creators. However, if a pipeline of support is not available for the young women, many will lose motivation and become discouraged when they encounter obstacles on their educational and career preparation path.

 

As a result, W.TEC has created a mentoring programme for young women enrolled in tertiary institutions and studying STEM-related degrees. Each mentee will be matched with a mentor – a woman technology professional and leader, who will help provide important career and technical guidance to enable the young women navigate their future careers in a more informed and strategic manner.

Applications are currently being accepted online at https://goo.gl/FYgZv9

 

c.) W.TEC Celebrates Girls in ICT Day

 

W.TEC organised 3 special Girls in ICT Day events in Lagos and Kwara states.

 

Girls in ICT Day is a day recognised by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to create awareness about the gender gap in technology and takes place on the last Thursday of April each year.

 

To celebrate this day, we hosted 3 events with students from

  • W.TEC afterschool technology clubs in Ilorin, Kwara State
  • Laureates College in Mafoluku, Lagos
  • Reagan College for Girls in Yaba, Lagos

 

Close to 100 girls who are members of the W.TEC Academy across public schools in the city of Ilorin in Kwara State attended the event in Ilorin. The keynote address was given by Dr. Yemisi Adeyeye, the CEO and Founder of Lifefount Hospital in Ilorin. She spoke about the importance of technology in today’s world – especially as the age of the digital or 4th industrial revolution is upon us. In particular, she drew from her personal and professional experience to talk about the benefits that technology has had on her work and life – from increased exposure for her hospital, ability to work remotely, more efficient supervision of all departments and the ability to work faster.

 

At the Laureates College event, Ms. Chidiogo Victor-Willie, a senior staff of Oracle spoke about her educational and career journey in technology and encouraged the girls to explore this career path.

 

At Reagan College, W.TEC programme staff Ms. Folashade Braimoh and Mr. Yemi Odutola led the girls in lively discussions on careers in technology.

 

d.) Courtesy Visit to Lagos State Education District IV

 

As part of our year-long celebration of W.TEC’s 10th anniversary, the staff and some of our programme beneficiaries visited one of our key partners – the Lagos State Educational District 4. We met with the Tutor General and other top-level staff within the district. W.TEC presented them with a special award in recognition and appreciation of their support, which has enabled us impact close to 5,000 girls within the Yaba and Surulere environs of Lagos.

 

Three of our beneficiaries, Monsurat, Blessing and Ifeoma shared how the W.TEC camp and afterschool club has informed their career choices and equipped them with skills that has generated some income for them.

 

e.) W.TEC Alumnae Inspired by Black Panther

Thanks to the generous support from an individual donor, 25 W.TEC alumnae were invited to a screening of the film Black Panther. The young women were especially excited by the character Shuri, a mathematical and scientific genius who develops many interesting and useful devices. They left the film inspired about the potential they each had to create some similarly life-changing tools and solutions.

 

 

f.) New W.TEC Website Launched

 

W.TEC launched a new website - www.wtec.org.ng - which offers a much improved and enjoyable experience for users and visitors. A wide range of useful information about our work is available for potential programme participants and partners, parents, educators, the media and all other stakeholders.

 

 

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This quarter has certainly been a productive one and we look forward to hearing from you with your questions, comments and suggestions.

 

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

  

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.

 

 

Warm regards,

Oreoluwa Lesi

 


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

See more photos of the 2017 camps online: Lagos photos, Ibadan photos, Early Innovators Camp

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

Follow W.TEC on InstagramTwitter 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 set-up to encourage more girls to pursue technology careers and support women (entrepreneurs and in civil society) to use technology confidently to increase their economic power and ability to speak about issues affecting their lives.

W.TEC Camp Alumna Shares Feedback
W.TEC Camp Alumna Shares Feedback
Girls in ICT Day - Ilorin, Kwara State
Girls in ICT Day - Ilorin, Kwara State
Girls in ICT Day - Laureates College, Lagos
Girls in ICT Day - Laureates College, Lagos
Girls in ICT Day - Reagan College, Lagos
Girls in ICT Day - Reagan College, Lagos
W.TEC visits Lagos State Education District 4
W.TEC visits Lagos State Education District 4
W.TEC Alumnae Watch Black Panther
W.TEC Alumnae Watch Black Panther

Links:

Mar 12, 2018

W.TEC Celebrates a Milestone

W.TEC alumna Beloved now teaching at tech. club
W.TEC alumna Beloved now teaching at tech. club



Dear friends,

 

As the 1st quarter of 2018 comes to an end, planning for the W.TEC Girls Technology Camp has gone into full swing.

 

In 2017, we held camps in Lagos and Ibadan, Oyo State. This year, we are looking to add 1 more location and will share specific details in the next newsletter.

 

Key Achievements of this quarter are:

  • Afterschool clubs established in Kwara State
  • W.TEC Alumna Giving Back
  • W.TEC Partners with Chldren’s Deveopment Centre
  • W.TEC Celebrates 10th Year Anniversary

 

a.) Afterschool Technology Clubs in Kwara State

Working in partnership with the Kwara State Ministry of Education, we have set-up afterschool technology clubs in Ilorin, Kwara State working with 5 public secondary schools, with plans to add 5 more schools within the year.

 

We are excited to expand our work to a new state and look forward to the promises that this new partnership will bring. Learn more...

 

b.) W.TEC Alumna Giving Back

As part of this club, we are also working with university students and other young people from the Ilorin environs, equipping them to teach and run the technology clubs.

 

One of our club faciitators is Ms. Beloved Omopariola, a W.TEC Camp alumna from 2008 – our very first camp. She is now a student at the University of Ilorin. Having a young lady who a decade ago attended one of our programmes and is now giving back to a younger set of girls is fulfilling and acknowledges the importance of “the ripple effect” of our work, where our alumnae take share their knowledge and skills with their respective networks, thus creating waves of girls and women touched by W.TEC.

 

c.) W.TEC Partners with Children’s Deveopment Centre (CDC)

In February 2018, set-up a technology club in Chldren’s Deveopment Centre, a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to providing educational and support services for children and young people with developmental disabilities. The club is focused on providing the students with innovative technology learning opportunities while helping them to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

 

d.) W.TEC Celebrates 10th Year Anniversary

On March 11, 2018, W.TEC celebrated our 10th year anniversary. In the decade since we started our work, we have impacted 23,000 girls and women (and counting) though our various programmes including the Girls Technology Camp, W.TEC Academy (afterschool clubs), Staying Safe Online, SHE CAN WITH ICT (technology programme for women entrepreneurs).

 

We look forward to increasing our reach, improving the quality of our programming and working with more partners in the years ahead.

 

We are extremely grateful to you for your continued support of our work and do not take it for granted.

 

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.

 

 

Warm regards,

Oreoluwa Lesi

 


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

See more photos of the camps online: Lagos photos, Ibadan photos, Kids Camp

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

Follow W.TEC on InstagramTwitter and Facebook

 

 

ABOUT W.TEC & THE GIRLS TECHNOLOGY CAMP:

The W.TEC Girls Technology Camp is an initiative designed to help Nigerian secondary schoolgirls develop an early interest in computer science, information technology and related careers. The W.TEC 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 set-up to encourage more girls to pursue technology careers and support women (entrepreneurs and in civil society) to use technology confidently to increase their economic power and ability to speak about issues affecting their lives.

W.TEC Academy (afterschool tech. club) in session
W.TEC Academy (afterschool tech. club) in session
W.TEC Academy (afterschool tech. club) in session
W.TEC Academy (afterschool tech. club) in session
W.TEC's Ms. Braimoh, Educ. Commisioner & Perm. Sec
W.TEC's Ms. Braimoh, Educ. Commisioner & Perm. Sec

Links:

Dec 13, 2017

Planning for 2018

Girls presenting Greenfoot project
Girls presenting Greenfoot project

Dear friends,

 

It has been an eventful year for W.TEC. We welcomed 66 girls (ages 13 to 17 years) to 2 camps in Lagos and Ibadan, Oyo state. The 2017 W.TEC Girls Technology Camp was the 10th edition of the annual programme. And for the first time, W.TEC extended the initiative outside of Lagos state.

 

We also extended our work to include girls from ages 6 and up, in a separate camp for primary school students.

 

We have started planning for the 2018 editions of the camp and are looking to extend the camp to 1 additional location. We have started discussions and exploratory visits to the location and will be able to confirm the city and dates when these have been decided on.

 

In 2017, we achieved the following:

  • Launched our first girls camp outside of Lagos
  • Launched our first technology camp for primary school students (ages 6 to 10 years)
  • Expanded our afterschool technology club from just secondary schools (ages 11 to 17 years) to primary schools (ages 6 to 10 years)
  • Launched a technology and entrepreneurship programme for young women in university
  • Helped develop the technology capacity of 36 public libraries across Nigeria and help make them more comfortable spaces where girls within the local communities can access technology and the Internet
  • Were a 2017 WSIS (World Summit on Information Society) Prizes Nominee – Category 4 (Capacity Building)
  • Were featured on Wikipedia as a leading organisation working to close the gender gap in technology : http://bit.ly/2z49Gm1
  • Worked with no less than 2,888 girls and women

 

Although the bulk of our work is with girls, our vision is to build a pipeline that supports girls and women throughout their journeys from early engagement to a career in technology and sciences. So your support is needed more than ever.

 

We look forward to sharing our plans for 2018 in the new year.

 

In the meantime, we wish you all a wonderful Christmas and an exciting 2018.

 

Warm regards,

Oreoluwa Lesi

 


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

See more photos of the camps online: Lagos photos, Ibadan photos, Kids Camp

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

Follow W.TEC on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

 

 

ABOUT W.TEC & THE GIRLS TECHNOLOGY CAMP:

The W.TEC Girls Technology Camp is an initiative designed to help Nigerian secondary schoolgirls develop an early interest in computer science, information technology and related careers. The W.TEC 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 set-up to encourage more girls to pursue technology careers and support women (entrepreneurs and in civil society) to use technology confidently to increase their economic power and ability to speak about issues affecting their lives.

Girls at camp graduation
Girls at camp graduation
Girls demonstrating electronics project
Girls demonstrating electronics project
 
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