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Monday, June 4, 2018

Vodacom Pledges Support For The Next Generation Of ICT ‘Super-Girls’

Determined to support the next generation of ICT supper-girls, Vodacom Business Nigeria has held a one-day industrial visit for female students from Grace High School, Gbagada and Lagoon Secondary School, Lekki as part of the activities marking the celebration of the recently concluded 7th edition of the International Girls in ICT Day.

The event, which forms part of a global campaign that seeks to encourage young girls into considering ICT as a profession and enable them contribute their quota to the growth of the industry in Nigeria, was organised by e-Business Life Communication Limited, publishers of e-Business Life Magazine.

International Girls’ in ICT Day is an initiative launched through the Information Technology University (ITU) with the idea of creating a global environment that will empower and encourage girls to consider careers in the ICT.

However, as the number of school girls opting to study technology-related disciplines keep declining in most countries of the world, ITU has committed itself to championing the change required to open the minds of young women to see role having a career in technology can play in creating far-reaching opportunities for them.

Speaking at the event, Funke Atanda, senior manager, Product Development of Vodacom Business Nigeria, said that Vodacom is committed to accelerating the change needed to create relevant opportunities for women through ICT.

“By supporting ICT skill acquisition for young girls and opening their minds to new technologies that exist and continue to develop, we are able to encourage more girls to choose courses in the ICT sector. This will help increase the number of women in the sector in the near future,” Atanda said.

Atanda said that initiatives like the ITU Girls in ICT Day would go a long way towards encouraging this change, thus, strengthening the sector while continuing to improve social and economic development in the country.

“By providing donations, training and support to ICT driven programmes, Vodacom Business Nigeria is accelerating the removal of barriers for girls and women in the ICT industry,” she added.

Recall that in line with goal five of its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Vodacom Business has created various empowerment programmes such as the Women in Leadership Programme, aimed at creating leadership and personal capacity in women across all employee levels.

Others include the #ConnectedSheCan campaign, a socially driven campaign aimed at celebrating the accomplishments of women within the Vodacom Business Nigeria workforce and the youth empowerment programme, the ‘Power to You’ project from which the Girls in ICT Day was activated, to enable both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector.


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