About 120 school girls have benefited from the third edition of the Girls and Women Technological Empowerment Organization (GWTEO) labeled: Green Tech Girls summer bootcamp held at American Corner, IACD Library, Jericho, Ibadan.
GWTEO is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls and women in high schools to be courageous, confident, and knowledgeable technology leaders.
The camp empowers young girls to be tech-savvy, green energy advocates, climate ambassadors, environmental advocates, courageous and confident to be change makers in their communities and beyond.
According to the founder of the foundation, Damilola Asaleye said the goals and objectives of the camp are to interest and inspire girls at a young age, when career decisions are often made.
She said: “The camp provides young girls with an engaging, safe and fun environment to network, be inspired by role models and motivated by hands-on experimentation in ICT, sustainable agriculture, plastic upcycling, financial literacy, energy management and renewable energy sources. energy.
“The camp takes a holistic approach to activities that are relevant to girls and women and that will boost their self-confidence.”
Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Rahman Abiodun, praised Asaleye’s courage and said her contribution to the development of women’s education in the state is commendable.
He said the theme of this workshop, ‘Tech Sis-shaping the Future; It is most fitting at this point that there has been a decline in the number of female students enrolling in science-related courses at higher education institutions, which can be attributed to a number of factors, including the belief that the field of STEM is primarily male as opposed to to women, linked to societal norms and believe that women end their careers in the kitchen.
“I have been reliably informed that this program has been put together as part of GWTEO’s community development program to spark interest and expose female students to STEM activities from an early age to motivate them to choose careers in technology-related courses.
“Except for the pervasive force with which the infrastructural development of the state is pursued, the government of the time is leaving no stone unturned to ensure a marked improvement in the level of education in the state.”
One of the beneficiaries of the training, Oladosu Oyindamola of Urban-Day School, Ibadan, thanks Damilola Asaleye for the gesture.
She learned a lot in the five-day training while urging other well-meaning Nigerians to emulate the founder of GWTEO.
She encouraged her to keep up the good work, saying it has improved and helped other people’s lives.
“I can tell you honestly I won, and how to be an energy saver, not an energy monster.”
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