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Centre says technology camp aimed at increasing girl’s participation in ICT



Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) says its technology camps are aimed at increasing girls’ participation in Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Its Communications Officer, Mr Adeyemi Odutola, made this known in a statement o Thursday.

According to him, W.TEC is accepting applications for the 2019 She Creates and the Early Innovators, Technology Camps that will hold in Lagos, Kwara, and Anambra states from July to September.

He said that it was through these camps that the centre would focus on motivating girls to participate in ICT.

“The She Creates Camp is a two-week technology programme, which empowers girls to contribute meaningfully to the digital economy and improve their economic opportunities.

“The long-term goal of the camp is to increase the number of women working with and using information technology productively for professional and leadership activities.

“Artificial Intelligence, Internet of things and many others will feature at the She Creates 2019.

“The Early Innovators Camp is focused at harnessing the innate curiosity of children aged 5 to 10 years by introducing them to computing and science concepts through play and exploration over a 2-week camp,” he said.

Odutola listed Sage Foundation, Oracle, Laureates College and, Kenneth Dike Memorial eLibrary as the camp’s 2019 sponsors. While our partners for the camps are the Lagos State Ministry of Education and Kwara State Ministry of Education.

He said that during the camp, the girls would participate in technology workshops and leadership activities.

He added that evaluations of previous camps showed enhanced leadership skills; creativity; problem-solving and communication abilities in the girls as a result of attending the camp.

“In 2019, W.TEC is hosting the following camps: She Creates Camp (Lagos – Mainland) , from Aug. 18 – 31 (2-week residential camp) with a fee of N70,000 per student (Covers tuition, feeding, boarding, educational resources and excursions).

“The technology workshops for this are: Electronics & Digital Circuit Technology, Python Programming, Internet of Things, Blogging, Software Design, Digital Film production.

“ She Creates Camp (Lagos – Lekki), from July 29 – Aug. 9 (2-week non-residential camp, 9am – 2.30pm), with a fee of N 50,000 per student (Covers tuition, feeding, educational resources ) plus N10,000 for pickups after 2.30pm.

“She Creates Camp (Awka – Anambra State) from Aug. 26 – Sept 6 (2-week non-residential camp, 9am – 4pm) with a fee of N 5,000 per student (Covers tuition, feeding, educational resources ).

“She Creates Camp (Ilorin – Kwara State) from Aug. 26 – Sept 6 (2-week non-residential camp, 9am- 4pm) with a fee of N 15,000 per student (Covers tuition, feeding, educational resources).

“ The Early Innovators Camp (Lagos – Mainland) from Aug. 17 – 20 (2-week non-residential camp, 9am – 2.30pm) with a fee of N 10,000 per child and between the ages of 5 – 10years.

“Interested girls are urged to register by completing the online form or contact or call 0812.126.7721 for more information,” he said.

The W.TEC official said that the target audience for the ”She Creates” programme, a girls-only tech camp, should be smart, curious, and between 13 and 17 years of age.

He said that the girls should also be interested in using computers and exploring digital technology.