- Project ASHA
ICT Centre Offers Free Training To Low Income Persons, Graduates 40 Girls/Boys in Lagos State
The Vweta Chadwick Sheroes ICT Hub is an ICT focused social enterprise offering free ICT and digital training to girls in Isolo community in Lagos State.
Established in December 2021, in partnership with the Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association Nigeria (MWFAAN), Project ASHA awarded a grant to Mrs Olorunfunmi Badejo-Olafimihan, Founder Kindle Africa Initiative (MWFAAN class of 2014) for the purpose of establishing an all-female ICT hub, in honour of Late Vweta Chadwick (MWFAAN class of 2016). The ICT was launched in January of 2021.
The 20-seater fully furnished ICT offers free ICT education to girls from low-income communities in Isolo, Lagos State. This project supports ready young females to gain digital skills, prepare them for decent work opportunities, and reduces abuse that could arise from informal labour like hawking, street trading, etc. For balance, the ICT hub register's a fair percentage of young men into her program.
In March 2022, the ICT Centre graduated her 2nd batch of 40 young boys and girls(28 girls, 12 boys) who benefited from the free training. They covered courses on Basic Desktop publishing skills and data entry.
The ceremony featured motivating speeches delivered by (1) the President of the Mandela Washington Association, Barr Adetola Kazeem. (2) Delivering the Keynote speech on Women and the Future of ICT was Ms. Ogo Maduwesi, 2014 TechWomen Fellows and Founder and Executive Director of the Vitiligo Support and Awareness Foundation (VITSAF), and Co-developer of the World Vitiligo Day. She emphasized the role of girls in ICT, and the opportunities and visibility young girls can leverage using the internet. Ms. Ogo shared her thriving stories of how the social media empowered her voice and gained her global recognition and opportunities.
Ms. Ogo Maduwesi
Joseph Waribugo the National Volunteer Coordinator for Project ASHA, in a warm remark, appreciated Kindle Africa for upholding girls’ right to quality digital and ICT education through the centre's services. He also encouraged the young girls to make the best of the opportunity offered them and to participate in the virtual pitch contest coming up later in the year. Project ASHA donated learning Materials to the centre for the next batch of learners.
Joseph Waribugo, ProjectASHA
At the event were dignitaries from the Mandela Washington and other savvy young global impact leaders across various sectors.
Project ASHA has a continuous desire to create equal and empowering opportunities for underserved women and girls. Digital inclusion remains our essential tool for an equality-driven and bais-free world.
To make our works more robust and far-reaching, we ask kind individuals and people of influence to;
- Provide ‘training the trainer’ opportunities to equip our volunteer facilitators.
- Provide enhanced syllabus and courses to girls in our centre.
- Donate learning materials and computer devices to establish more hubs in marginalised communities across the state.
- Refer us for grant opportunities and positions to strengthen our work with local women.
- Collaborate on our Virtual Pitch Contest for girls in STEM (Annual Pitch contest to encourage female participation in tech and STEM courses).
While registration is ongoing for the next batch of learners, you can register your wards, refer someone or decide to sponsor a girl(s) to gain a skill in ICT. You can visit the ICT Location at 32, Okota Road, Isolo Lagos.
We ask individuals and the general public to contribute to and strengthen Project ASHA's digital literacy project for disadvantaged girls and communities across Nigerian states.
For any of the above enquiries, Kindly contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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