Empowering Girls in ICT: Highlights from the NKF and ISOC Nigeria Girls in ICT 2024 Commemoration Event

On April 25, 2024, a NiRA CSR Unit, Ndukwe Kalu Foundation (NKF) in collaboration with the Internet Society, Nigeria Chapter, organized an event to honour Girls in ICT Day. This hybrid event, themed “Leadership,” was meticulously crafted to equip young girls with the requisite knowledge and skills to thrive in the realm of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

The event served as a beacon of empowerment, aiming to bridge the gender gap in the tech industry by providing girls with opportunities for growth and development in ICT. It sought to inspire confidence, foster leadership qualities, and nurture a supportive environment where girls can envision themselves as future leaders in technology.

The event kicked-off with an electrifying motivational talk by the President of the Internet Society, Nigeria Chapter. Titled “You Can Do It,” the session was designed to uplift spirits and ignite a sense of self-belief among the girls, encouraging them to pursue their dreams in ICT without limits.

Key Topics and Discussions

Leadership and Resilience: Renowned UK-based educator and entrepreneur, Munirat Lecky, delivered a stirring speech on the indispensable traits of leadership and resilience in the ICT industry. Through her insights, she illuminated the path for young girls to chart their course and overcome obstacles on their journey to success.

Digital Skills and Social Media Entrepreneurship: Miss. Dorcas, a passionate social media enthusiast and entrepreneur, captivated the audience with her presentation on digital skills essential for ICT careers. She delved into strategies for leveraging social media platforms to carve out a niche in the digital landscape, emphasizing the power of networking in the digital age.

E-Mentoring: Miss. Erica Okibe, Executive Secretary of the Ndukwe Kalu Foundation, conducted an enlightening session on e-mentoring and its transformative impact on career development, particularly in ICT. She underscored the value of mentorship in providing guidance, support, and invaluable opportunities for growth.

The Girls in ICT Day Commemoration Event left an indelible mark on its participants, equipping them with the knowledge, inspiration, and resources to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of ICT. As we move forward, it is imperative to continue advocating for gender diversity in the tech industry, promoting STEM education, and providing mentorship opportunities to nurture the next generation of female tech leaders.

In conclusion, the Girls in ICT Day Commemoration Event stands as a testament to the transformative power of empowerment and education in shaping the future of ICT. By investing in the potential of young girls today, we are laying the foundation for a more inclusive and innovative tomorrow in the tech world.

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