Mr Yemi Odutola, Communication Officer of W.TEC, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
NAN reports that GlobalGiving is a non-profit organisation based in the U.S that provided a global crowdfunding platform for grassroots charitable projects.
He said that the Girl Fund Campaign was organised by GlobalGiving to solicit donations for selected organisations which were working to accelerate the equality of women around the world.
Odutola said the funds raised supported highly effective GlobalGiving projects providing education, legal protection, healthcare, access to training and job skills so that girls could thrive and make a difference in their communities.
The communication officer said that without the technical and creative skills to work, women would be shut-off from important economic opportunities.
“Data from the World Economic Forum shows that across industries, many job roles will be significantly based on and enhanced by the use of technology; so, we need to raise funds to train more girls,” he said.
The communication officer said the online fundraising platform was offering 15 organisations, chances to win year-long funding from its GirlFund.
He noted that W.TEC was aiming to win one of the 15 spots.
Odutola said the funds raised would go toward the flagship of the programme, “She Creates” Camp, which would equip 150 girls with science and technology skills.
“The “She Creates” STEM Camp helps to intervene early, combat stereotypes and tackle the technology gender divide.
“We teach girls to build technology, develop science and engineering skills and prepare for related careers.
“Our two-week immersion programmes empower girls to contribute meaningfully to the digital economy and improve their economic opportunities,” Odutola said.