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#Osun1000Girls

Our STEM & #GirlsinICT “nurturing girls as leaders in tech” brought renowned dignitaries and held at the heart of the state of Osun under the high patronage of the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, His Royal Highness Oba Abdul Rashid Olabomi, hosted by the First Lady, Alhaja Kafayat Olaitan Oyetola and special guest of honour, Hon Taiwo Olukemi Oluga; in partnership with SUBEB under the leadership of the PS Alhaji Fatai Kolawale and director middle school affairs Mrs Arinola Kikelomo Oladimeji, Mrs. Olufunke Adeyeye Director Schools Services, Ministry Of Education.  In attendance also was the state former commissioner for education, Kola Omotunde-Young #GirlsinICT #Osun1000girls #EqualsinTech . Twenty public schools across the state were covered reaching 1000 girls with leadership and ICT entrepreneurship skills

1.NUD GOVERNMENT MIDDLE SCHOOL, IRAGBIJI
2.HOPE MIDDLE SCHOOL, ILESA
3.ST’ STEPHEN GOVERNMENT MIDDLE SCHOOL, MODAKEKE
4.YAKOOYO MIDDLE SCHOOL, YAKOOYO
5.THE APOSTOLIC MIDDLE SCHOOL, ORILE OWU/ORILE OWU HIGH SCHOOL
6.HIGH SCHOOL OF SCIENCE, ILE-IFE
7.IJEBU-JESA HIGH SCHOOL, IJEBU-JESA
8.ATAOJA GOVERNMENT HIGH SCHOOL, OSOGBO
9.HIGH SCHOOL OF SCIENCE, IKIRUN
10.MUSLIM  HIGH SCHOOL, EDE

11.HOLY TRINITY GOVERNMENT MIDDLE SCHOOL, OKE AFO, IKIRUN
12.SALVATION ARMY GOVERNMENT MIDDLE SCHOOL, OSOGBO
13.ST’ FRANCIS GOVERNMENT MIDDLE SCHOOL, MODAKEKE
14.YTD GOVERNMENT MIDDLE SCHOOL, OJORO, EDE
15.MUSLIM MIDDLE SCHOOL, GBONGAN/OLUFI GOVERNMENT MIDDLE SCHOOL, GBONGAN
16.ODUDUWA GOVERNMENT HIGH SCHOOL, ILE-IFE
17.ILESA GOVERNMENT MIDDLE SCHOOL, ILESA
18.OSOGBO GOVERNMENT HIGH SCHOOL, OSOGBO
19.FAKUNLE-UNITY GOVERNMENT HIGH SCHOOL, OSOGBO
20.ADVENTIST GOVERNMENT HIGH SCHOOL, EDE

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Enjoy Awka

Digital Skills and Entrepreneurship Forum is a platform to equip Young Nigerians with the 21st century skills needed for entrepreneurship and jobs in this fourth industrial revolution that is upon us. This maiden edition holding in Anambra State is held in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science of Paul University, Awka.

TWITTER HASHTAGS: 
#EnjoyAwka #EnjoyInNigeria #PaulUniversityAwka @myWitin

This Forum is part of WITIN’s series aimed at creating Jobs and Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Youths(ENJOY) in Nigeria.

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Preparing Leaders in Tech

WITIN targets 20,000 girls in 400 local secondary schools, face-to-face across Nigeria through our Girls in ICT and STEM outreaches; themed “Preparing leaders in tech”

Our aim is to equip and prepare girls for a future defined by technology, as girls in Africa face the danger of exclusion and vulnerability to this disruptive future. We would have workshops, hackathons and career fairs; while role models would have the opportunity to share their experiences and tech journeys with girls. We intend to cover 20 states(especially in in the North) across all geopolitical zones in Nigeria.

For long term impact we are giving every single girl a special STEM COMPENDIUM  which we hope to publish once in 6 years, then follow-up and mentor girls though our teachers.ng and role models network even after high school. WITIN works closely with states ministries of education in Nigeria.

The compendium is a first of its kind, aimed at equipping and inspiring African Girls as leaders in tech, especially those in schools located in underserved and remote communities in Nigeria who do not have full access to new media.

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Women Leaders in Tech

Women Leaders in Technology – The need, the impact and the future.

The month of March is the women’s month, annually declared to highlight the contributions of women to society. This year’s theme for the international women’s day is balance for better – meaning a more gender balanced society is a better society. There is however a great gender imbalance in technology which should be a concern to all of us because today’s rapid societal development hinges on technology; and development will not thrive without gender balanced teams.

Despite the huge potentials of technology to transform society and create wealth for individuals and families, women continue to lag behind in the adoption and maximal use of technology. We see this gap and gender imbalance in tech everywhere around us, For example

  1. We have fewer women owned businesses and startups – Olivet Cloud is one of the few
  2. Fewer women in the board of tech companies
  3. Fewer women in tech in senior management positions
  4. Fewer women teachers and lecturers in STEM
  5. Fewer women using technology in society

So why do we have this gender gap in tech?

1-Cultural and religious barriers
2- Societal gender stereotypes
3-Lack of sufficient female role models
4-Poor STEM pedagogies
5-Policies unfavorable to women due to patriarchy
6-Lack of sufficient  female STEM teachers and lecturers
7-Insufficient support for  grassroots STEM interventions to “stem” the leaky pipeline
8- Few women leaders in technology

These are major mitigating factors that widen the gender imbalance in Tech. So what can we do as women leaders in tech? We are few in numbers, how do we make a difference? Firstly we need to improve our leadership qualities by

  1. Strengthening our integrity
  2. Maintaining our self-confidence
  3. Inspiring others, especially fellow women
  4. Being passionate about our goals and dreams
  5. Being committed to our mission
  6. Being creative and innovative
  7. Being competent
  8. Being empathic
  9. Communicating effectively
  10. Being humble
  11. Collaborating more
  12. Advocating

After we have improved ourselves as women in tech and strengthened our leadership abilities, then we can effect the multiplier effect by bringing more women into the technological space as influencers, innovators, creators, designers, and so on. In a nutshell bringing more women to the table. Then we can begin to measure impact against the internationally agreed upon development metrics like the SDGs. With more women in tech, we would easier attain the top goals

Goal 1: No poverty( e.g mata.ng , wit.ng)
Goal 2: Zero hunger
Goal 3: Good health and well-being for people        
Goal 4: Quality education(e.g teachers.ng)
Goal 5: Gender equality

With more women in tech leadership and decision making in general, we would enjoy great benefits as balance and diversity in teams bring multiple perspectives to the table. We must never forget that societies, consumers and the public at large are diverse and hence, diversity, balance and inclusiveness must be at the front burner in leadership and team formation at all levels in society.  Countries that embraced these culture of diversity have recorded improved quality of products and services as well as progressive development.

It is critically important for girls to be encouraged to  begin to key into ICT otherwise they face the danger of being excluded from a future defined by technology. I enjoin all stakeholders to support initiatives like the ITU Girls in ICT day celebration organized every fourth Thursday of April Annually(girlsinict.org), to bring in more girls into Tech

Gender parity in technology is no longer an option but a compulsion for a better society.

Thank you

Keynote Delivered by Martha Omoekpen Alade( martha@witin.org) , Founder – Women in Technology in Nigeria(WITIN) on the 5th Anniversary of Olivet Cloud on 22nd of March 22, 2019

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