Nigeria TechWomen alumni trains 30 girls in STEM

Alumni of the 2021 U.S. government exchange programme, TechWomen, have mentored 30 adolescent girls from African Church Grammar School, Ibadan, on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

The programme, called  ‘EduChamps’ and supported by the U.S. government, provided mentorship and skills training for girls to explore careers and business opportunities in STEM.  Speaking at the closing ceremony, U.S. Consulate Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Jennifer Foltz, said it was imperative for young girls to have access to mentors from a range of fields, who could help them gain skills and boost their confidence to consider higher education and careers in STEM.

She noted that ‘EduChamps’ is one of the U.S. government’s initiatives to engage underserved communities, ensure gender parity, and provide women and girls with opportunities to contribute to creating sustainable and inclusive economic prosperity.

“STEM education is the key foundation for any country’s economic success. We are excited to support this initiative that serves as an inspiration for young girls to consider STEM subjects in their future careers in order to solve global challenges.”

TechWomen Fellow, Damilola Asaleye, said drawing more girls into tech would help close the gender gap in the STEM fields. “With EduChamps, we are taking action to improve inclusiveness and narrow the gender gap in the STEM field,” she added.

Through the initiative, the TechWomen fellows provided career counseling to the high school girls focusing on opportunities in the technology sector such as upcycling, automotive engineering, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and space science.

The students also received educational supplies such as school bags, school uniforms, textbooks, exercise books, writing materials and sanitary pads to encourage them to stay in school.

In 2011, the U.S. government introduced the TechWomen program to empower the next generation of women leaders in the technology field.  This exchange program brings together women in Northern California with their counterparts in the Middle East, Central Asia, North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria, for a professional mentorship at leading technology companies in the United States.


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