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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
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Girls at the She Creates Camp- Lagos Mainland
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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

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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

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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

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Girls at the She Creates Camp 2018
Girls at the She Creates Camp 2018

Dear friends,

 

As 2018 winds to a close, we take stock of all the progress we made with our work. We expanded our programmes to new locations and forged new alliances, while embarking on new activities with old partners.

 

Over the last year, we:

 a.) Increased our engagement with our stakeholders and the wider public:

o   Launched a newer and more user-friendly website

o   Reviewed and re-branded some programmes to better appeal to the target beneficiaries

o   Forged new partnerships with Children’s Development Centre – Lagos, Kenneth Dike eLibrary – Awka, National Library – Ilorin, Kwara State Ministry of Education, FEMTECH – Kwara State

 

b.) Expanded our programming to new locations:

o   Set-up afterschool clubs in 12 public secondary schools established in Kwara State

o   Organised the 1st She Creates Technology Camp in Awka, Anambra State and in Lekki, Lagos State

o   Moved to new offices in Lagos with bigger training space

 

c.) Increased the breadth and depth of our curriculum:

o   Organised our 1st Robotics-focused camp

o   Significantly expanded our curriculum to include more Science and Engineering modules

o   Ran computing classes for children with developmental disabilities

 

d.) Sought to deliver programmes that support our beneficiaries from girlhood to adulthood:

o   Hosted the Early Innovators Camp (for 5 – 9 year olds) for the 2nd consecutive year

o   Continued the technology afterchool club for 5 – 9 year olds

o   Launched the HERKathon programme (for 11 – 17 year olds)

o   Launched a STEM Mentoring Programme for female university students

 

e.) Were recognised for our work in media & with awards:

o   Featured in the media, including Channels TV, Guardian Newspaper, News Agency of Nigeria, BellaNaija, National Light Newspaper, Punch Newspaper, The Nation Newspaper, PM News

o   Were a finalist for the 2018 WSIS (World Summit on Information Society) Prizes Nominee – Category 4 (Capacity Building)

o   Our Executive Director, Oreoluwa Lesi, was named one of the 100 Most Inspiring Women of 2018 by Leading Ladies Africa and the Guardian Newspaper. She was also awarded the 2018 Woman of the Year in Technology by Her Network Women of the Year Awards.

 

f.) Celebrated W.TEC’s 10th year anniversary:

o   In 2018 (at the time of publication), no less than 1,862 girls and women participated in our programmes

o   Over the last decade, we have worked with 23,000 girls and women

 

 

a.) Increasing our Engagement with our Beneficiaries and Stakeholders:

 

We rebranded the “She Creates Camp”, a name which more aptly describes the focus of the camp on bringing Science, Technology and Engineering to life and teaching the girls to develop useful technologies that solve everyday and pressing societal problems.

 

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In partnership with Children’s Development Centre, our work has expanded to explore how technology can improve learning outcomes and better integrate students with developmental disabilities and special needs, such as Autism and Down’s syndrome.

 

 

b.) Expanded our programming to new locations:

 

In partnership with the CodeLagos initiative of the Lagos State Ministry of Education, we organised Java, Python and Web Development classes in our training centre.

 

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The She Creates Camp took place in 3 locations across Lagos and Anambra states:

 

  • She Creates Camp, Lagos Island - July 23 - August 3 with 13 girls
  • She Creates Camp, Lagos Mainland – 14 August 5 -18 with 54 girls
  • She Creates Camp, Awka, Anambra State – August 20 – 31 with 13 girls

 

Across all 3 camps, we had 80 girls participating – up 21% from 2017.

In addition, 14 girls and boys – aged 5 to 10 years – participated in our 2 week Early Innovators Camp, where they learned to build websites and create digital animation using Scratch.

The Early Innovators Camp harnesses the children’s curiousity and introduces them to computing and science concepts through play and exploration.

 

In total, 94 young people benefited from our 4 STEM camps – up 18% from 2017.

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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...

 

c.) Increased the breadth and depth of our curriculum:

 

In an effort to prepare girls to solve the world’s biggest problems, we revised our curriculum to be more rigorous and include more Science and Engineering topics. We introduced Engineering, Renewable Energy and Chemistry modules.

During the year, our girls also took part in sessions on Mobile Applications Development, Python Programming, Robotics, Drone Technology, Website Design, Software Design, Ethical Hacking, Data Analytics, Digital Music Production, Digital Animation with Scratch and Alice, Graphic Design and 3D Design and Printing.

Women engineers and in other science and technology roles spoke to the girls about their work and how the girls could prepare for careers in those fields.

W.TEC hosted a Robotics camp in our new offices, where teenage girls learnt to build drones and robots and programmed the robots using the Python language.

 

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e.) Deliver programmes that support our beneficiaries from girlhood to adulthood:

 

In addition to organising the Early Innovators Camp (for 5 – 9 year olds), the technology afterchool club for 5 – 9 year olds, we launched the HERKathon, a hackathon for girls 11 – 17 year old. These are aimed at making science and technology exciting and encouraging girls to want to learn more.

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In August, we launched MentorHER, a mentorship programme for women enrolled in tertiary institutions and studying STEM-related degrees. In this pilot, 16 mentees were matched with mentors – a woman technology professional and leader, who provides important career and technical guidance.

 

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In all, this has been a very exciting year for us at W.TEC. Our programmes are expanding into new territories.

 

It has been an even more fulfilling decade for us, as we see our work grow in shape and impact. We look forward to identifying more effective ways of attracting more girls into science and technology and nurturing the next generation of technology creators, entrepreneurs and leaders.

 

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.

 

Please continue to support us financially so that we can do even more. Consider becoming a recurring donor and setting-up automatic monthly payments to us. And please share our work with others in your network.

 

We thank you and our girls thank you too.

 

As you wind down for the year, we wish you a merry Christmas (for those who celebrate this) and a happy holiday to everyone else.

 

Warm regards,

Oreoluwa Lesi

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Newspaper article about 100 Most Inspiring Women of 2018 Recognition: https://guardian.ng/guardian-woman/leading-ladies-africa-100-most-inspiring-women-in-nigeria-2018/

 

Newspaper article about the Her Network Woman of the Year in Technology 2018 Award: https://www.hnwoty.com/award-recipients-2018/

 

Read some press coverage of the camps: https://www.nationallightngr.com/2018/09/06/women-urged-to-be-active-in-ict/

 

Newspaper article about 2018 She Creates Camp: https://punchng.com/54-female-students-benefit-from-w-tec-technology-camp/

 

Newspaper article about 2018 She Creates Camp: http://thenationonlineng.net/54-girls-graduate-from-technology-camp/

 

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 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.

Girls at the She Creates Camp
Girls at the She Creates Camp
Renewable Energy Class
Renewable Energy Class
During the Robotics class at the She Creates Camp
During the Robotics class at the She Creates Camp
Girls showing off a completed robot
Girls showing off a completed robot

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