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Group expands digital inclusion programme to 7 more states



A digital Rights Advocacy Group, Paradigm Initiative (PI), on Tuesday said that its flagship digital inclusion Programme, Life skills ICT Financial Readiness and Entrepreneurship (LIFE), would be expanded across seven states in four regions.

This was disclosed at a media briefing organised by PI in Lagos where it stated that the expansion would train and expose 290 young boys and girls across its training centres.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the LIFE programme put together by PI is to educate the youth in underserved areas digitally to make them employable and as well as create employment.

Mr Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, PI, said that it was part of the roll out plans for the year 2020 and also part of efforts to bridge gender divide in digital era in Nigeria.

According to him, there will also be a two-week Girls’ code camp in August across the centres in Nigeria.

He said that PI would host a digital readiness workshop to train senior secondary school girls in underserved communities in practical from those communities.

“The other track of our digital inclusion programme is the Dufuna code Camp, Lagos-based six months hands on project centric software engineering training programme for recent graduates.

“The digital rights and inclusion media fellowship is a 5-month programme designed to immerse selected journalists across all media in digital rights and advocacy and intervention in Africa.

“The fellowship aims to build a crop of media professionals with a heightened understanding of digital rights and inclusion, who, in turn would increases the public awareness of digital rights and inclusion,” he said.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr Boye Adegoke, Digital Rights Programme Manager, said that the year 2020 would host Digital Rights and Inclusion Learning Lab (DRILL) with the aim of hosting innovative learning and around digital rights.

He said that PI would continue advocacy of digital rights across Africa which include pushing for digital rights laws across the continent and making interventions on draft laws and policy touching on digital rights.

Mr Oluwatosin Abolaji, Digital Inclusion Programme Manager, said that the programme which aimed at providing digital inclusion for underserved youths had touched lives.

Abolaji said that it had also empowered the youth economically who in turn had contributed to the homes.

He said that the expansion of the digital inclusion would be at Ekiti, Ogun, Oyo, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Kastina and Jigawa in addition to Lagos-Ajegunle, Aba and Kano.

The Digital right experts said that much was done in 2019 in terms of advocacy and that strategic litigation would be witnessed in 2020 to defend those whose digital rights were violated.

Edited by: Remi Koleoso/Donald Ugwu

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