STEM has no GENDER! If the world needs to optimize girls’ potentials, she must not neglect over half of her brain power!
- Carolyn Seaman
We just closed the Technology gap with 100 more girls!
The second edition of the TGAP Project provided digital literacy training for girls and built girls' creative advocacy skills using digital technology and provided a platform for girls to advocate for their rights through their creative tech skills. The target group of the project was unique in its focus on adolescent girls who were often a missing population in development conversations and interventions. The Project, 'Strengthening Girls Rights' Advocacy Through Technology Skills Training Workshops for Girls and an Advocacy Exhibition Event with Policy Makers and Stakeholders' inspired our approach to position girls to target a wide audience with advocacy for girls' issues and equip the girls to use digital technology, research writing and arts to make girls voices count. The girls were trained to advocate for their rights under 3 thematic themes: Gender-Based Violence, Child Early and Forced Marriage, and Girls' Education. And support the girls to facilitate civic engagement via a Techxibition event.
The project trained schoolgirls from various Government Secondary Schools in Abuja. And the girls were facilitated to develop various technology outputs and resources to lead their advocacy including an APP that was developed by the coders using Adobe Flash Builder, colorful animation illustrations developed by the digital art/illustration students using Adobe Photoshop CC, and a research document developed by the adolescent girl researchers using Google Docs, and promoting civic engagement on social media using the #TechGirlsAdvocacyProgram #TGAP Campaign to mobilize community action towards girls' issues. The remarkable technology outputs and resources from the girls confirmed the huge potential girls possess to lead their own advocacy when equipped with the digital skills and knowledge of their rights. Check out the pictures and videos from the project!