The Nigerian Women Techsters Initiative is an experiential learning program by Tech4Dev and funded by Microsoft in partnership with of the Office of theFirst Lady and the Ministry of Women Affairs. Looking to train 2400 women across 12 states in Nigeria, Tech4Dev aims to build digital literacy especially coding and analytical skills in young women. The initiative (which will run for 12 weeks in each state) exposes women to available employment and entrepreneurship opportunities within the technology space. Young women between the ages of 18 – 40 across 12 states in Nigeria namely; Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun, Imo, Anambra, Akwa-Ibom, Edo, Kogi, Kwara, Kano, Kebbi, and Taraba states will be given the opportunity to learn Information & Communication Technology skills and techniques with the focus on bridging the digital gap between male and female persons within the Nigerian technology ecosystem.
The initiative aims to increase the number of young women who are actively involved in STEM fields by helping them choose a career in technology. This will ensure that the knowledge gap is bridged in underserved communities resulting in healthy enterprises capable of improving the national GDP over the next 3 years.
Tech4dev is a non-profit social enterprise that helps to solve the world’s greatest problems using technology with primary focus on primary health, education and civic engagement.
The training would involve both online and offline sessions. The online training will be done within the week with the trainees taking courses on business modules while the offline training will have seasoned facilitators physically take the trainees through the curriculums for the three tracks namely; Web and Mobile Application Development, Games Development and Embedded Systems; periodically once a week over a 12 weeks period.
At the end of the 12 weeks program in each state, other side events will also take place which includes; a Hackathon, a Demo Day and an Open Workshop.