|Some of the graduating participants|
The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W-TEC) is set to establish a technology club for high school girls by September 2013.
Executive Director, W-TEC, Ms Oreoluwa Somolu, made this known on Saturday during its graduation ceremony for 31 girls who participated in its summer technology camp that held at the Laureates College, Mafoluku, Lagos.
Somolu said that the technology club would serve as a platform for sustainability of the girls’ interest in developing in science and technology.
“The technology club will be a way to keep the girls engaged within the W-TEC family. It will be opened to our alumni and other girls who are interested in technology.”
Somolu also said that W-TEC would work closely with schools to help the teachers build their own skills in technology in order to help the girls appropriately.
Speaking about W-TEC’s improvement in its programme, Somolu said that besides the increase in number of participants from 15 to 31 girls, its curriculum was also revised to incorporate advancement in different areas of technology education.
“Now we are focusing more on having the girls create things because we want them to be developers of technology even as they are users of technology.
“That is why we introduce them to programming and video productions to enable them learn how to make films and animation. This gives them a position of power as opposed to just using what is out there”
The technology camp for girls aged between 11 and 17years, now in its sixth edition, trains girls to develop interest in technology careers. During the graduation ceremony, the girls who had been taught programme development showcased their works in video production and Web Application.
Using Scratch technology, a visual programming language used to create videos, games, arts and other design works, some of the groups created digital stories using sound and pictures as well as incorporating motion.
Speaking at the event, Marketing and PR Manager, Intel, Mr Adim Isiakpona, said Intel supported the camp to further drive the girls’ interest in technology education.
He said, “We believe that technology will be the key to unlocking greater potential in young people, especially the girl-child.”
Country Manager, Amadeus, Mrs Linka Glover-Akpey, said they wanted the girls to understand the importance of technology in advancing different economic sectors.
She said for the industry they operate in, they used technology to facilitate travel, making the best of time-management to reach the world easier and faster.
The event was also supported by a number of technology development companies that believe in helping the girl-child develop her interest in technology education.