A Non-Governmental Organization, HACEY Health Initiative said it would train 57 Nigerian girls in software engineering and Information Communication Technology (ICT) entrepreneurship. The training tagged; ‘#Code4Impact’ is a joint initiative of HACEY, Access Bank and the United States’ Consulate General. Speaking at the pre-training session, Mr Isaiah Owolabi, the Project Director said the training geared towards addressing the problems of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would be free for the beneficiaries. He said that technology was the biggest way to accelerate entrepreneurship development and achieve the SDGs, by giving more access to education and close the gender-gap in the education sector. According to Owolabi, the organization will train young girls between the ages of 18 and 30 years on how to create mobile word application, games and also utilize microelectronics for 12 weeks beginning from April 2, 2016.
“We cannot train all the girls in Nigeria to become coders or ICT entrepreneurs but we believe the selected girls can be a point of contact for so many communities and other young girls,’’ he said. Also speaking, Mrs Omobolanle Laniyan, the Head of Sustainability unit, Access Bank, said the bank partnered the organizers because there was a global focus on empowering women and addressing the challenges of the SDGs. Similarly, Mrs Dehab Ghebreab, the Public Affairs Officer of the United States Consulate General, said the consul was proud to partner the organizer in developing young girls. Ghebreab remarked that training young girls in coding and ICT entrepreneurship was a great innovation that was worth the investment. She advised the beneficiaries to be focused and dedicated, so that they could become ICT entrepreneurs and coders which would solve the challenges of the SDGs.
The training will hold at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) every Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5p.m. from April 2, 2016. Speaking on her expectation, one of the participants, Agboola Moyosore said that she will like to learn as much as she could to become a professional in coding. She also hope to solve world problems through her knowledge.“My expectations are very high and I hope to learn a lot. I will like to use the coding knowledge to solve personal problems, problems at my workplace and most importantly, solving problems associated with the Sustainable Development Goals.” The journalist said.
Similarly, Efeya Sandra hopes to ease her daily works with the knowledge of coding.“I work at the online desk of a media organization and I see this as an opportunity to enhance my knowledge. Watching videos by #Code4Impact have really inspired me to crave for more knowledge.“I really want to know how to employ coding as shortcut. I hope to apply it in all areas of my life.” She noted.
www.hacey.org is a development organization focused on improving the health and productivity of under-served population in Africa. The organization work with communities, government institutions, private sector companies, civil society groups and the media to design and implement sustainable interventions aimed at creating lasting impact for our beneficiaries.