As part of concerted efforts to improve the literacy skills of women and girls to enable them to actively participate in the developmental efforts in the diverse areas of their endeavor, a non-governmental organisation , Talklove Africa Foundation in partnership with British Council, European Union to organise a four-day digital litracy education for some selected females in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor local government areas of the state.
The programme which was held at Rumunduru Community, in Obio Akpor Local Government Area of the state saw a good number of women and girls in Rumunduru community, participated .
The purpose of the digital literacy skills training is to improve the literacy skills of women and girls to enable them actively participate in the developmental efforts in the diverse areas of their endeavour.
Declaring the program open ,the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs in Rivers State, Mrs. Uchechukwu in her remarks congratulated the beneficiaries for being part of such impactful programme and urged them to consider themselves lucky to have been selected amongst many who are looking for such opportunity in the society .
She encouraged them to give their full participation in other to get the maximum benefit of the training and also emphasised on the importance of technology in the world today, adding that such training, would imbibe in them the necessary skills they required not only be a part of the digital world, but also enhance their businesses.
Also speaking the facilitator of the programme ,the Executive Director TalkLove Africa Foundation, Ambassador Cynthia Obinwanne in her opening remarks welcomed the beneficiaries to the programme and illustrated the aim of the digital literacy programme on the various businesses.
Obinwanne opined that the Foundation plans is to bridge the gap that exists in digital literacy by strengthening the digital capacity of women and girls through the digital literacy programmes across the states
According to her ,a research conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), indicate that about 50% of Nigerian women were offline and cannot access the internet,stressing that the
Research also showed that in Nigeria, only 22% of women are in the technology industry and the Federal Government targets 95% literacy in Nigeria.
She told the participants that Covid-19 pandemic had a lot of negative impact on many businesses ,adding that during the period many people majorly did a lot of online buying to purchase their necessities during the lockdown period
Obinwanne used the opportunity and demonstrated to them on how much advantageous their businesses would have had if they were digitally skilled to have ventured into the online space.
She urged them to put into practice the experiences acquired during the training that there would be a major improvement in their productivity and businesses. The particants were trained in various computer applications such as network & internet. applications of internet/website address, role of ISP and modes of connecting to the internet.
They were also trained on basic of Computer Networks, Local Area Network (LAN), Wide Area Network (WAN), Internet, Concept of Internet & WWW, Applications of Internet, Website Address and URL, ISP and Role of ISP, Modes of Connecting Internet (Hotspot, Wi-Fi, LAN Cable, Broadband, USB Tethering) Popular Web Browsers (Internet Explorer/Edge, Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera etc.), exploring the Internet 6.5.1, Surfing the web, Popular Search Engines, Searching on Internet, Downloading Web Pages, Printing Web Pages.
Strike: We’re Waiting For Govt’s Reply To Our Presentation — ASUU
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has said it was waiting for the Federal Government to respond to its presentation, so it could determine whether to call off the over four months strike its members embarked on to press home their demands.
According to the union, calling off the strike soon rests squarely on government responding to its presentation made through a committee set up by the government to negotiate with it.
Checks by newsmen, last Friday, showed that the national leadership of ASUU had made its presentation to the Prof. Nimi Briggs-led committee set up to renegotiate the 2009 agreement signed by the two sides.
Speaking in a telephone chat with The Tide Newspaper, National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said his union had done its best in the circumstance.
“We have made our presentation to the committee and there is nothing more to add,” Osodeke said.
On when the feedback was expected from government, he said: “They promised to get back to us within a short time.”
Though he did not say anything about what the union’s presentation contained, it was gathered that the union could give the government more time to meet some demands that had financial implications.
When contacted, Briggs said his committee had met with ASUU and had done its assignment.
“We have met and ASUU have made their presentation. Some people sent me on an errand and I have to report to them. The committee is not the final authority on this matter. We are not the ones to determine what will be done,” he stated.
It would be recalled that ASUU went on a four-week warning strike on February 14 this year and had extended the strike twice, first, by eight weeks and second, by 12 weeks.
Lagos Solicit Stronger Partnership For Equitable Education
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has stated that collective committment and political will of government is required to advance quality and equitable education in the State.
The Governor who stated that the ultimate aim of government is to ensure all students in Lagos State receive quality education in a conducive environment confirmed that his administration paid 1.1billion for WAEC students in 2022 as it continue to ensure yearly increment in budgetary allocation for the sector.
The Governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat at the Y2022 Equal Summit held at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island stated that the past three years has witnessed tremendous improvement in the overall value chain of the education ecosystem.
His words, “Our model of investment is informed by the desire to entrench 21st century technology into the sector. This huge investment will ultimately result in significant improvement in learning outcomes’’.
Expressing the desire of the state government in taking the education sector into an enviable height, Sanwo-Olu said the education summit is an opportunity to present the education score card and inform Stakeholders of the government’s future plans and needs of the industry.
He said the initiative organised by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Office of Sustainable Development Goals and Investment will continue to open up opportunities for public private partnership interventions and mutually beneficial investments.
According to him: “Our administration also seeks to recognise and appreciate the tremendous contribution and donations of various private partners who supported the State Government’s Education Transformation Plan, most especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown of schools.
Group Gives WAEC Scholarships To 35 Indigent Students In Imo
The Old Peers of Owerri Development Initiative, a non-governmental organisation based in Abuja, Saturday awarded WAEC scholarships to 35 indigent students from seven schools in the Owerri Municipal Council of Imo.
The award is the second edition following the maiden project in 2021.
Presenting the scholarships in Owerri, the Interim National President of the organisation, Dr Nina Nwulu, urged the beneficiaries to show determination in succeeding in life.
“Under no circumstance should you joke with your education or indulge in drugs.
“The mentality that education is a scam should be jettisoned because in Nigeria, your certificate counts,” she said.
Nwulu, who described education as the “hallmark to every development,” urged the Federal Government to do the needful in resolving its impasse with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
“The issue is not about salary but about the government putting in place all the infrastructure that would make reading and learning conducive for students.
“We want our students to be exposed to every facility needed to learn properly; the lecturers are equally going through hell in terms of their packages.
“If politicians taught by teachers can be comfortable, why not the teachers,” Nwulu, a senior lecturer at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), asked.
The Coordinator of the organisation, Mr Jasper Opara, said the body aimed to assist the beneficiaries fulfill their academic pursuit.
According to him, if the students miss it at this stage of their major examination, they can lose it from there.
Opara, who explained that 25 students were sponsored in 2021, expressed delight that most of them performed excellently in the WAEC examinations.
He explained that the organisation, with different chapters in seven states and some countries, was made up of people from different tribes, who grew up and schooled in Owerri.
Also, the Secretary of the organisation, Mrs Olaedo Ike-Godson, said the body was passionate about helping government and doing charitable work, literacy, health programs, economic empowerment and sanitation.
One of the beneficiaries, Franklin Igwe from Emmanuel College, commended the organisation for the gesture.
“It will spur me to focus more on education so that when I grow up, I will be able to sponsor those around me,” another beneficiary, Miss Precious Onyemuche, said. (NAN)
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