Developing Inquisitive Minds
Women and young girls are making inroads in the ICT industry but progress is slow. We need to catch them young right from the learning environment in order to fix under-representation and gender imbalance.
The difficulty to attract and retain female students in ICT, both in Nigeria and overseas, has been well recognized.
The already low number of female students studying ICT in secondary school tends to decrease further at tertiary level. This situation has often been attributed to gender differences in interests, motivation, experience, personality characteristics, abilities, self efficacy, and socialization.
Why the focus on girls and women?
Advance | Connect | Empower
Too many women and girls are missing out on the essentials skills that could serve them well in the future economy.
The ICT sector is doing well, regardless of this gender imbalance. Technology is one of the primary drivers of the modern economy and a sector where productivity is rapidly increasing.
Capturing girls’ interest
Increase in world knowledge and Social skills
Women and young girls have to appreciate that modern technology is around to stay so be able to use the sense of investigation and exploration to develop their skills of observing. They should also appreciate that ICT resources speed different jobs and they are needed in home and environment.