TechHer, Commonwealth of Learning Partner to Train Nigerian Secondary Schools

TechHer, Commonwealth of Learning Partner to Train Nigerian Secondary Schools

  • The TechHer School Tour under its digital literacy strand has reached over 1000 school kids in over ten rural schools since its inception in 2019
  • TechHer has now partnered with the Commonwealth of Learning, a Canada-based intergovernmental organisation
  • With the partnership in place, more disadvantaged students will gain digital skills and stand a chance at employability and economic advancement

FCT, Abuja - TechHer, in partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning, has commenced the School Tour project for 700 students drawn from 10 secondary schools in Abuja, Nigeria.

The training continues the organisation's previous work as part of its Digital Literacy program targeting mainly women and girls.

TechHer, Commonwealth of Learning partner to train Nigerian secondary schools
TechHer previous work in the civil society space targets mainly women and girls. Photo credit: @TechHerNG
Source: Twitter

In a press statement sent to on Monday, February 14. Soniya Dawarga, TechHer’s program officer, said the current project phase seeks to create partnerships, build volunteer networks, digital literacy clubs, and develop a digital literacy training curriculum for secondary schools in Nigeria.

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According to her, the project will be implemented across selected schools, pre-approved by the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) & the Secondary Education Board (SEB), with the specific goal of exposing the students to basic digital literacy skills, career opportunities in technology, and online safety.

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In September 2021, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration, through UBEB, approved the project to commence in 10 FCT schools, including Junior Secondary School Abaji, Junior Secondary School Kwali, Junior Secondary School Giri, Junior Secondary School Abuja @30, Junior Secondary School Durumi Mpape and Junior Secondary School Area 1.

Others include Government Girls Secondary School Abaji, Government Secondary School Bwari, Government Secondary School Gwagwalada, Government Secondary School Kwali, Government Secondary School Kuje, and Model Secondary School Maitama.

Ms Dawarga explained that:

“TechHer is keen to create digital literate communities, especially among disadvantaged communities, including women and youth groups. We are focusing on schools in peri-urban areas of Abuja.

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“We pioneered the School Tour project in 2019 but experienced a disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic that struck in 2020. With the pandemic receding, we have started implementing a second phase focusing on sustainability and community adoption.”

She expressed her delight at Commonwealth of Learning’s support, saying:

“This partnership extends the scope of intervention to more schools in the peri-urban areas. Thus, more disadvantaged students will gain digital skills and stand a chance at employability and economic advancement.”

Mignon Alphonso, Gender Adviser at the Commonwealth of Learning, said:

“Creating, engaging, and ensuring women and girls are reflected in technology-related education and careers is important in narrowing the gender digital divide. COL is excited to be part of this innovative approach that we hope will be replicated for future initiatives of its type.”

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1n 2019, the founder of TechHer, Chioma Agwuebo was quoted as saying Nigerian women can be protected and promoted for all kinds of self and national development through the use of technology.

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According to her, technology is a sustainable means for the promotion and protection of women in the society.

Agwuegbo made the comments while speaking at the Digital Woman session, during the Social Media Week held that year.


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