The future is Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and young Nigerian girls must ride on it to be part of the future careers, and life.
This is the admonition from the Managing Director of New Horizons Systems Solutions Limited as the company gathered young school girls for a value impartation session at the International Business Machine (IBM) training and Innovation Center in Lagos.
The interactive session which focused on repositioning girls-only school for the fourth Industrial revolution and tackling the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) gender bias, saw girls and administrators from different schools gathering to discuss the topic. The event further served as a sensitization forum for the management of participating schools.
According to Mr. Akano, there is an urgent need to position girls to be able to access what the future holds globally. He reminded the girls that all jobs of the future will revolve round ICT, as technologies such as IoT, Cloud and Machine Learning will dictate the economic prowess of any society in the future.
He further cited examples of women that have achieved great feats and positions in the global ICT arena, and encouraged the girls to develop a mindset that they can achieve all they set their minds to do. Mr. Akano reminded them that in the future they will be competing with youths from countries such as China, Japan and other technologically advanced countries.
Also speaking at the forum, Managing Director, Vantage Education, Dr. Kemi Adewoye lamented the existing gender disparities in career opportunities and other strata of life despite all the girls’ schools we have. She advocated setting up of more one-gender schools to tailor teaching to impact more. “You can design the way you teach to cater for a particular gender.”
She took the girls through a series of motivational talk on the prospects of training on ICT for the future.
The event also saw the management of New Horizons offer scholarship to some of the participating students.
New Horizons is the world’s largest US-based, IT and e-business training organization. On extension of its operation to Nigeria in 2005, the Nigerian branch pioneered the Integration of International Information Technology and 4th Industrial Revolution Project-based training into academic curricula of primary schools, secondary schools and universities in Nigeria.