STEM has no GENDER! If the world needs to optimize her potentials, she must not neglect over half of her brain power!
We just closed the Technology gap with 500 more girls!
The Project provided digital literacy training for girls, and built girls' creative advocacy skills using digital technology and provided a platform for girls to advocate their issues through their creative skills. The target group of the project was unique in its focus on girls who are often a missing population in development conversations and interventions. This project was implemented in phases with support from Global Fund for Women and the Canadian High Commission in Nigeria.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 issues under 3 thematic themes: Gender-Based Violence, Child Early and Forced Marriage and Girls' Education. And facilitate their civic engagement via an exhibition.
The project trained school girls from various Government Secondary Schools. 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 illustrations developed by the digital art/illustration students using Adobe Photoshop CC, and a research document developed by the researchers using google docs; while promoting their civic engagement on social media using the #Tech Girls Advocacy Program #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.