An NGO, the Women Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) on Thursday said it had partnered with Google to organise a training programme called `MakeHer Space’ to support girls and women in developing more technological skills.
The Centre’s Communication officer, Mr Yemi Odutola, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that MakeHer Space, which would kick off on June 22, would be an online programme.
Odutola said that the programme was being organised in a bid to support women and girls to leverage on tech opportunities around them.
He added that the programme would be free and open to girls and ladies from age 10 to 25.
“W.TEC in conjunction with Google is launching the MakeHer Space project to teach selected girls and ladies to create technology and engineering-based solutions that solve problems in their communities.
“The training would also provide information about career options and expose them to women working successfully in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) space,” he said.
Odutola noted that the project was initially designed to be all hands programme where girls and ladies would receive training in person, but was converted online due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“The outbreak of the pandemic eventually had the programme re-designed to an online format. The webinar sessions are set for June, July and August.
“The webinars feature tech instructional practical sessions during which participants are to be trained in skills like web design, 3D modeling and graphic designs among others.
“We also planned to train about 100 girls and women at the initial stage of the programme but due to the pandemic, we had to adjust,” Odutola said.
He said the programme was also designed to move from one state to another, noting that the present situation of things would determine the next move.
Odutola said that focus of the MakeHer space programme was also to assist girls and young women mostly from lower-income households.
“W.TEC is committed to building a more inclusive technology ecosystem for the next generation of women technology creators and entrepreneurs,’’ he said.