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Technology Afterschool Clubs for Girls in Nigeria

by Women's Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC)
Technology Afterschool Clubs for Girls in Nigeria
Technology Afterschool Clubs for Girls in Nigeria
Technology Afterschool Clubs for Girls in Nigeria
Technology Afterschool Clubs for Girls in Nigeria
Technology Afterschool Clubs for Girls in Nigeria
Technology Afterschool Clubs for Girls in Nigeria
Technology Afterschool Clubs for Girls in Nigeria
Technology Afterschool Clubs for Girls in Nigeria
Technology Afterschool Clubs for Girls in Nigeria
Technology Afterschool Clubs for Girls in Nigeria
Technology Afterschool Clubs for Girls in Nigeria
Technology Afterschool Clubs for Girls in Nigeria
Technology Afterschool Clubs for Girls in Nigeria
Technology Afterschool Clubs for Girls in Nigeria
Technology Afterschool Clubs for Girls in Nigeria
Technology Afterschool Clubs for Girls in Nigeria

Summary

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. We have launched clubs in Lagos and Kwara states of Nigeria and are planning to expand to Obalaju High School, Joga and then to Yewa College, Ilaro, both in Ogun State.

$95,000
total goal
$22,028
remaining
6
donors
0
monthly donors
1
fundraiser
9
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Challenge

According to the EQUALS Research Report 2019 on the gender digital gap, only 35% of women major in STEM subjects at higher education. In Nigeria, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, women makeup just 22% of the total number of Engineering and Technology university graduates. The UNESCO 2017 Cracking the Code Report explains that leaving out girls and women from STEM education and careers is a loss for all of society and delays the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Solution

A McKinsey report on Closing the Gender Gap emphasised the need to design interventions for those facing the most barriers to a STEM education, such as women and girls of color. W.TEC Academy seeks to provide girls, especially those from low-income backgrounds who would not otherwise have this opportunity, comfortable and safe spaces within their local communities, where they can develop skills in STEAM - Science Technology Engineering Arts Maths - subjects and learn about related careers.

Long-Term Impact

Through weekly in-school and out-of-school workshops, the Academy editions in Lagos and Kwara states are getting the students excited about science, technology, design and engineering disciplines and inspire them to pursue related careers. This expansion will extend the programme to female students in Obalaju High School, Yewa North Local Government, Joga, Ogun State and equip and prepare them to contribute meaningfully to and benefit from the digital economy.

Resources

http:/​/​www.wtec.org.ng
W.TEC Academy Webpage
Photos: W.TEC Academy Inauguration in Kwara
News Article: PM News
News Article: WWW Inventor Visits W.TEC

Organization Information

Women's Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC)

Location: Lagos - Nigeria
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @wteconline
Project Leader:
Oreoluwa Lesi
Lagos, Nigeria
$72,972 raised of $95,000 goal
 
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