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2016 Girls in ICT:

To commemorate the 2016 International Girls in ICT day, MindAfrica hosted 103 girls between the ages of 13 and 17 from seven (7) secondary Schools in Port Harcourt Rivers State, Nigeria in mentoring sessions and hands-on Tech workshops to change negative attitude and perception of girls toward ICT.

The event featured a Panel discussion which highlighted the relevance of ICT and the opportunities that exist for girls and women in Nigeria. Our panelist shared their most challenging and satisfying aspects of their careers and they encouraged the girls not to be intimidated or discouraged by challenges in the course of pursuing their dreams.

To empower the girls with ICT skills, every student participated in a hands-on tech workshop. Participants displayed a keen interest in all workshop activities and were able to acquire ICT related skills. The girls were able to build and program robots, couple electronic circuits, program with Arduino and some students had the opportunity to use a computer for the first time.

The Outcomes:

• 100% of of the girls who attended the event acquired new skills in programming, coding with scratch, Arduino, electronics, and basic computer skills such as creating documents, folders, typing with MS applications.

• 92% reported that they were positively motivated by the panel discussions

• 94% of the students reported that the hands-on workshop was their most interesting session at the event.

• 85% of students would like to explore courses and careers in ICT fields

• 60% of students would like to be part of a coding club in school

View Photobook of the Event



2015 Girls in ICT:

To empower and encourage girls to consider studies and careers in STEM fields, MindAfrica collaborated with Focus Hub, organizers of Girls in ICT Day by sponsoring secondary school girls to attend a 1-day conference. The event provided practical insight into the vast possibilities offered by ICTs and gave over 100 girls the confidence to pursue ICT studies and careers.

 

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