Over a period of three months, the academy provides teens with professional skills training using a curriculum that includes self-awareness, social etiquette, emotional intelligence, leadership, design thinking, entrepreneurship and business writing. The academy also provides digital literacy skills training, including Microsoft Office, graphics design, digital marketing and web design. Our goal in 2021 is to empower hundred (100) girls with leadership, entrepreneurship and digital literacy skills.
In a batch of twenty-five girls per quarter, hundred girls will go through the SAFE Academy over the next year. The girls will learn self-awareness, social etiquette, emotional intelligence, leadership, design thinking, entrepreneurship and business writing, Microsoft Office, graphics design, digital marketing and web design. It will cost $100 to train a girl for three months. Your donation will help to pay for equipment, facilitator's stipend and refreshments for the students.
80% of our total operating expenses fund programs for youth in the communities that we serve. So when you make a monthly gift or donation to our organization, the majority of your money goes toward exactly what you intended – empowering youth to lead change. We will provide you with detailed reports as the project proceeds.
Why girls and digital literacy?
60 % of out-of-school children in Nigeria are female (Source: UNICEF), 22 % of graduate students of Engineering and Technology in Nigeria Universities are female (Source: National Bureau of Statistics of Nigeria), 30 % of professionals in sub-Saharan Africa are women in technology (Source: UNICEF)
We conducted a preliminary survey in fifteen secondary schools (ten public schools and five private schools) in Ibadan, Nigeria. Our finding shows that only 7% of the schools are equipped for digital learning. Also, 20% of the schools include entrepreneurship in their curriculum, and less than 15% teach leadership in their school. During the survey, we met a female student named Shade. Shade is a fourteen years old student in senior secondary school 1. She is the fifth child of eight children in her family and has six sisters. She is an exceptionally brilliant girl and wants to be an engineer when she grows up. When our researcher asked her what specialty, she said computer engineering. Shade has never used a computer before. But she became fascinated with computer engineering when a young teacher brought a laptop into her class—stories such as shade’s story birth the need for leadership and entrepreneurship training that incorporates digital literacy.
Furthermore, our decision to focus on young girls stems from the inequality against girls in Nigeria. For example, in the northern part of Nigeria, where they still practise child marriage, only 17% of primary and secondary school students are female (Adeyemi 2004). Such disheartening statistics inspire more focus on female education. The Girls digital literacy program aims to provide the essential technical skills to girls from low-income backgrounds and instill them with skills to become global citizens.
Sozo Networks - www.sozonetworks.com, will implement this project.
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