54 unemployed female graduates get free STEM training

Date: 2024-05-16

According to a news report from Nigerian Tribune, fifty-four unemployed female graduates in Kwara have been selected for free training in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to bridge the gender gap in STEM fields in the country.

During the launch of the seven-month training programme, titled "Webfala Keeping Female in STEM Orientation Programme," in Ilorin on Wednesday, Mrs Nafisat Bakare, the executive director of Webfala Digital Skills For All Initiative, a non-profit organisation, highlighted the aim of empowering underprivileged children, girls, youth, and women in Nigeria with STEM education and digital literacy skills. These skills, she emphasized, will enable them to carve their own paths in the digital age and compete effectively.

“It’s about empowering women to take their rightful place as leaders and innovators in the technology sector. This programme is not just about teaching technical skills; it is about instilling confidence, fostering resilience, and nurturing talent,” she said.

Mrs Bakare, who said that the programme, “Keeping Female in STEM 2024″, in conjunction with Wipro Technologies Nigeria, aimed to provide unemployed female graduates with training in either cybersecurity, software development (backend), or data science, added that the seven months training programme would include internship activities at reputable STEM outfits for practical and workplace experience.

She also said that the organization’s mission aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 5 (Gender Equality), and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth).

The nonprofit organization said that women, in many parts of the world, continued to face systemic barriers and discrimination in accessing education and pursuing careers in STEM, quoting UNESCO as saying that only 35 per cent of STEM students globally are women, “highlighting the urgent need for initiatives like ours to promote gender equality and empower females in STEM.

“Our commitment to gender equality is not just a moral imperative; it is also an economic necessity. Research has shown that increasing women’s participation in the workforce can lead to significant economic growth and development. By investing in the education and empowerment of female in STEM. With this, we are driving innovation, competitiveness, and prosperity.

She said that over 990 applications were received and only 300 applicants were shortlisted for interview and screening, while 54 applicants were selected to take part in the training.

“This seven-month journey will not only enhance the participants’ employability but also pave the way for their personal and professional growth. Together, we are not only changing individual lives but also transforming communities and societies. Our collective efforts serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration for future generations, demonstrating what is possible when we come together with a shared vision and purpose”.

Bakare said that the organisation before now had organized several training programmes aimed at empowering girls, women, children, and teachers with essential digital skills and knowledge. “Among the programs we had is “Keeping Female in STEM, Webfala Safe program to mention but a few in which some of the beneficiaries are here today to share their testimonies and experiences with you.

In his presentation as a guest lecturer at the event, the CEO of Plat Technologies Limited, Mr. Taofik Abdulkareem, said there is need for more women in STEM, adding, “We can’t only leave men in the STEM field because inclusion of female in STEM would bring about diversity in STEM activities.

“By bringing more women, we would not limit ourselves in achievable possibilities but unlock new avenues. We need more women in STEM so that they can be made visible for other women to emulate”.

Director, Wipro Technologies Nigeria, Abimbola Taiwo, enjoined the participants to seize the opportunity provided by the training programme with enthusiasm and tenacity, “and remember that the skills you acquire here will not only open doors for you but also empower you to make a meaningful difference in the world“.

 


Cloud Tag: What's trending

Click on a word/phrase to read more about it.

Joana Nnazua Kolo     Oladimeji Thompson     UITH     Lanre Aremu     Gobir Organization Foundation     Olatunde Jare     Wahab Kunle Shittu     Lai Mohammed     March 18     Cassava Growers\' Association     Suleiman Alege Kuranga     Hamidat Sulyman-Yusuf     Women For Change And Development Initiative     Kwara State Governor     Ayo Opadokun     Geri-Alimi Split Diamond Interchange     SARS     Sarakite     Ajibola Saliu Ajia     Ado Ibrahim     Oyawoye     Kola Bukoye     Ebola     Olabimpe Olani     Orire     Nigerian Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs     Okin Group     KSIRS     Ganmo Electricity Sub-Station     Abdullahi Biffo     Agbarere     Budo Egba     Saraki     Omu Aran     Baboko Primary School     Goodluck Jonathan     Dumagi     Saka Aleshinloye     Oniwa     Oye Tinuoye     CLAY POT     Rabiu Kwankwaso     Iyaloja-General     CACOVID Palliatives     Iliasu     Summit University     Government Girls’ Day Secondary School Pakata     Haliru Dantoro     Abdullahi Samari     Ileloke     Abdulrasaq Alaro     Pilgrims Board     Kayode Oyin-Zubair     Sheriff Olanrewaju     Shuaibu Yaman Abdullahi     Ita-Ore     Amuda Aluko     Association Of Kwara State Online Media Practitioners     Fareedah Dankaka     Saliu Alamoyo     Bareke     Galland Marcias     Amusement Park     Gambari     Abdulwahab Ololele     Mubarak Oladosu     QuickWin     Dairo Kunle Paul     Nigeria Computer Society     Nnazua     PPS     Aliyu Adebayo     Haleeman Salman     YAKOOYO     Senior Ibrahim Suleiman     Kolo     Elesie Of Esie    

Cloud Tag: What's trending

Click on a word/phrase to read more about it.

Balogun Gambari     Mahmud Durosinlohun Atiku     High Court     Labaeka     Ilorin Central Mosque     Bello Taoheed Abubakar     Emir Of Yashikira     Overland     Taofik Mustapha     Hijab     Sa\'ad Alanamu     Kwara State University Of Education     Suleiman Idris     Umar Saro     Yahya Mohammed     Zubair Folorunsho Erubu     Falokun-Oja     Saadu Gbogbo Iwe     Women For Change And Development Initiative     Onilu     PharmAccess Foundation     Olosi Of Osi     Maryam Ado Bayero     Gbenga Awoyale     Razaq Atunwa     Yemi Osinbajo     Umar Bayo Abdulwahab     Abubakar Bature Sulu-Gambari     Mahmud Babatunde Baker     Ajike People Support Centre     Temi Kolawole     Ibrahim Mashood     United Nigeria Congress Party     Hajj     Ilorin Emirate Staff Association     Olomu Of Omu-Aran     Maja     Tunde Idiagbon Road     KWASEIC     N-Power     Alumni Association Of The Federal Polytechnic Offa     Babata     VADA     Bukola Saraki     Ilorin South     Transition Implementation Committee     Bayo Ojo     Saka Isau     Abdulraheem Yusuf     Pategi     Kwara 2023     Razak Atunwa     Lasiele Alabi Yahaya     Kwara United     JAMB     Garment Factory     Basit Olatunji     International Aviation College     Kamaldeen Kehinde     Cassava Growers\' Association     Offa Descendants Union     Apado     Jimoh Saadudeen Muhammed     Clement Yomi Adeboye     Mohammed Katsina Ahmed     Park     Ilorin Talaka Parapo     AbdulFatai Adeniyi Dan-Kazeem     Ramadhan     Sadiq Umar     COVID-19 Palliatives     V.O. Abioye     Idiagbon     ITEM 7     Kola Olota     Idris Garuba     New Nigeria People’s Party