The Women Technology Empowerment Center (W.TEC) says it will train girls in renewable energy, electronics and mobile app design to address the gender tech divide.
The Centre’s Communications Officer, Mr. Yemi Odutola, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos.
NAN reports that W.TEC is a Nigerian non-profit organization that aims to encourage girls and women to pursue tech careers.
Odutola said the training called “She Creates” camp was organized for girls aged 13 to 17, noting that it was the 14th edition of the program.
Odutola said the two-week program that would start on August 7 and end on August 20 was designed to help combat gender stereotypes and the technological divide.
He said the training under the theme: “ECO INNOVATORS”, the residential STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) camp, would focus on renewable energy and software innovation.
“It will also offer exciting hands-on technical classes, mentoring sessions, skills-building classes, field trips, mobile app design, electronics, and lots of fun extracurricular activities.
“The camp is also designed to encourage young girls to take an interest in computing, information technology and related fields from an early age,” Odutola said.
The communications manager said the center would also host a two-week Early Innovators Camp for children aged 5 to 12.
He said the innovative STEM camp for kids will feature plenty of intelligence-building sessions, giving participants the chance to develop necessary skills in a safe environment.
Odutola said the camp will include classes in electronics, game design, computer programming, creative arts, and critical thinking sessions.
He said the purpose of the non-residential camp was to harness children’s innate curiosity by introducing them to computer science and science concepts through play and exploration.
Odutola said the sessions will give them early inspiration to solve important issues around them by exploring information and communication technologies (ICT). (NOPE)