Foundation empowers teenage girls with digital tools, skills
Makolo Anthony Empowerment Foundation (MAEF) has stressed the importance of empowering girls with digital skills.
The Lead Coordinator, Family and Child Unit, MAEF, Anthony Obi, made this call in Langbasa, a suburb of Lagos when the foundation empowered some teenage girls with ICT skills and tools.
At the event, themed: “Digital Generation, Our Generation,” Obi said technology remains a key driver in increasing access to education, considering the age the world is currently in.
Obi stated that girls are a blessed generation of humans, whose births are well-positioned to advance the course of development, especially when they have access to computing technologies.
“Technology is a great enabler for all categories of children especially with the increasing access to mobile phones in Nigeria,” he added.
According to him, girls have abilities to navigate the new communication devices with different functions on all social media platforms, like computers, phones, tablets, iPhones Android, Bluetooth, radio, TV and others.
At the event, no fewer than 55 teenage girls benefited from digital education. During the interactive sessions, some of them stated how they had benefitted from the digital tools in school works.
Project Coordinator, Kiddies Mirror Initiative, Ms.Felicia Owolo, urged all concerned stakeholders, government to rise to the occasion by embracing technology, describing it as a veritable tool to address various challenges plaguing the country.
She cautioned the empowered girls not to use the devices handed to them to bully others, nor spread fake news or post a naked picture of themselves or anyone else.
The project coordinator added that they should verify all information from any devices, never disclose their personal information without any serious or verified reasons.
Owolo advised them to be mindful of hackers while using any device and “always remember that these communication devices do not erase or forget whatever is contained in there for years, especially, negative reports that may hurt victims later.”