The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has commenced a five-day women training programme dubbed “Women ICT Techprenuership” in its bid to bridge the gender digital divide and promote digital literacy and skills amongst womenfolk.
Speaking at the training inception in Lagos, NITDA’s representative, Mr. Segun Folayan, from the e-Government development and regulations department, urged participants to ensure that knowledge acquired in the course of the training is beneficial to them in particular and the nation in general.
He said the transfer of knowledge to others who are close to them would ensure a multiplier effect of the intention of the organiser, adding that training any person in ICT amounts to the training of four persons, corroborating the popular belief that if you train a woman, you train a nation.
In his remarks, the representative of Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, whose senatorial district hosts the event, Hon Wahab Kings, eulogised the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami and the director-general of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi, for their unrelenting effort in bridging the digital divide across gender lines.
While encouraging the trainees to pay more attention to every detail, Hon Alawiye emphasised that the world today is run by ICT and the acquisition of ICT skills have become imperative.
He expressed optimism that the outcome of the training would be impactful and beneficial to the trainees.
Women ICT Techprenureship Training Programme is an intervention of NITDA to empower women of all ages with digital literacy skills to promote digital inclusion. It is also a major strategy in implementing the digital literacy pillar of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, as well as NITDA’s Strategic Road Map (2021-2024)
The week-long training program seeks to empower participants with Word Processing skills for documentation purposes, spreadsheet management skills for analysis and other necessary skills needed for setting up multi-media presentations.
The beneficiaries will also be empowered with internet surfing and social media marketing skills, in addition to the provision of IT tools such as laptops and internet dongles for them to start their businesses.