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TECH4DEV LAUNCHES THE I AM A WOMAN TECHSTER CAMPAIGN WITH AN ART EXHIBITION

| September 20, 2021

September 20, 2021

To achieve her goal of impacting 10,000 women in 2021 and 5 million women across Africa by 2030 through the Women Techsters initiative, Tech4Dev - a non-profit social enterprise working to provide access to decent work for Africans through digital and technology skills empowerment and advocacy- launched the #IAmAWomanTechster Campaign with an Art Exhibition on Sunday, 12th of September 2021.

#IAMAWOMANTECHSTER ART EXHIBITION

| September 20, 2021

September 20, 2021

The launch of the #IAMAWOMANTECHSTER campaign through the #IAMAWOMANTECHSTER Art Exhibition was such a success. The #IAMAWOMANTECHSTER Campaign is geared towards celebrating women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields in general and inspiring more women to consider the endless possibilities available to them within the technology ecosystem

International Literacy Day: Narrowing the Digital Divide

| September 8, 2021

September 8, 2021

Happy International Literacy Day! The theme for the 2021 International Literacy Day is “Literacy for a human-centered recovery: Narrowing the digital divide.” We stand in solidarity with every person or organization striving to ensure global literacy, especially digital literacy towards narrowing the digital divide.

Tech4Dev Partners Sterling Bank on Providing Employment for Women in Tech.

| September 1, 2021

September 1, 2021

Building on its quest to build a diverse and inclusive team, Sterling Bank has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Technology for Social Change and Development Initiative (Tech4Dev), a non-profit social enterprise working to provide access to decent work for Africans through digital and technology skills empowerment and advocacy.

How Young Is Too Young: Dealing with Children's Involvement in Tech.

| September 1, 2021

September 1, 2021

In a new national survey conducted on the most current snapshot of technology by the Erikson Institute, whose sample was 1,000 American parents with children under age 6. 85 percent of parents reported that they allow their young children to use Technology.

Leveraging Technology for Food Sustainability.

| August 24, 2021

August 24, 2021

We hosted a virtual panel session with industry experts in the Agrotech/Agribusiness fields to mark International Youth Day. Two panels constituted the panel session. Our guest speakers for the first panel moderated by Yemisi Arowosafe, Communications lead, Tech4Dev were Ayodeji Arikawe, Co-Founder, Thrive Agric; Oyindamola Asaaju, Agribusiness Professional and Oluwatosin Ogunsola, Chief Executive, Templus Agro-Consults Limited.

Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health.

| August 12, 2021

August 12, 2021

According to a 2019 UN Report, the world's population is expected to increase by 2 billion persons in the next 30 years. We believe that through sensitization, education, and empowerment, we can inspire youths to create entrepreneurial solutions that can bring about changes, including sustainable food systems.

Digital Literacy

| August 7, 2021

August 7, 2021

A person’s identity is who they are, and/or what makes them unique. In the context of our digital world, a literate person is knowledgeable, competent and up-todate with basic digital tools. A digital literate must possess digital skills which birth the competency to use digital devices independently.

Women Techsters Fellowship Mini Demo Day.

| August 7, 2021

August 7, 2021

On the 5th and 6th July, the Women Techsters Fellows had a mini demo day to showcase what they have learned so far and prepare for their final project. In total, 28 groups had presentations to make. Various groups duly represented each learning track. We had six groups, nine groups, two groups, six groups, and five groups respectively in product design, software development, product management, Data Science, and Ai and Cybersecurity learning tracks.

Tech4Dev’s Mental Health Awareness Event.

| June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021

Every year, the month of May is set aside to create awareness around Mental health. In general terms, mental health is the emotional well-being of an individual. For a very long while, mental health has been viewed as less important than the state of the body, especially in this part of the world. But statistics have shown that the state of one's mental health is, in fact, just as important as the state of the person's body.

TECHDEV HOLDS ROUND TABLE CONVERSATION THEMED REIMAGINING YOUTH SKILLS POST-PANDEMIC TO MARK WORLD YOUTH SKILLS DAY 2021

| July 26, 2021

July 26, 2021

The World Youth Skills Day is an annual event organized by the United Nations (UN) to celebrate the importance of empowering youths with decent work, employment, and entrepreneurship skills. The focus of this year’s celebration is the resilience and the creativity of youths during the pandemic while discussing the roles that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) systems have played in youth empowerment and the strategies to be adopted in the post-COVID-19 world.

Tech4Dev Partners with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development on Reducing Unemployment in Nigeria by upskilling 36,000 youths.

| July 6, 2021

July 6, 2021

The rate of unemployment in Nigeria has been on an upward trend over the past couple of years. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the Nigerian economy suffered another coronavirus-induced setback, as unemployment rate jumped from 27.1% as at Q2’2020 to 33.3% as at Q4’2020. Correspondingly, the number of unemployed persons rose by 6.4% to 23.2 million as at Q4’2020 from 21.8 million as at Q2’2020. The current unemployment rate is the highest ever, with unemployment scourge being magnified by COVID-19 crisis. According to Statista.com, the unemployment rate in Nigeria is estimated to reach 32.5 per cent in 2021. This figure is projected to increase further in 2022.

Women Techsters Beneficiaries Spotlight: Jessica Tebogo

| July 13, 2021

July 13, 2021

Asides equipping women with digital and deep tech skills to bridge the gender divide within the technology ecosystems, one of the major objectives of the Women Techsters initiative is to help these women access decent work and gain financial independence and stability.

Partner Spotlight: Microsoft.

| April 7, 2021

April 7, 2021

Asides from being a multinational organisation, Microsoft is also an enterprise deeply invested in corporate philanthropy. Since its existence, Microsoft has partnered with many organisations to achieve technological advancements in different parts of the world, especially in Africa. As of April 1, 2021, Microsoft Corporation disclosed that through its Global Skilling Initiative (GSI), it has helped over 30 million people in 249 countries and territories gain access to digital skills, topping its initial goal of 25 million last June.

Make Room: How to encourage Women Participation in Tech.

| August 7, 2021

August 7, 2021

It is no longer news that all over the world, women are side-lined in the tech industry. This is majorly because of stereotypes. These stereotypes are birthed and upheld by society and culture. It is even a struggle in some underdeveloped countries before young girls and women can get basic education.

World Youths Skills Day: Reimagining Youth Skills Post-Pandemic

| July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

The World Youths Skills Day is a day set aside yearly to celebrate the strategic importance of equipping young people with employment, decent work, and entrepreneurship skills. This day was first set aside by the United Nations (UN) in 2014 in alignment with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8; Decent Work and Economic Growth. Since then, World Youth Skills Day has been the perfect platform for proper dialogue on the importance of Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) organisations for youth development.

Myths About Women in Tech

| September 9, 2020

September 9, 2020

According to the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Gender Gap index, 2015, women make-up half the population and earn more advanced degrees than men in 100 countries… Why then are they a distinct minority in Tech?

Tech4Dev Launches the First Edition of the Women Techsters Fellowship Program Under the Women Techsters Initiative in Partnership with Microsoft

| May 17, 2021

May 17, 2021

Men in tech usually exceed women in tech by at least a 3:1 ratio or even higher in some sectors. As part of the commitment to bridge the digital divide between men and women in the Tech sector, Tech4Dev launched the first edition of The Women Techsters Fellowship on Monday, the 26th of April 2021.

Tech4Dev Announces Partnership with OK Foundation to Empower 1000 Youths with Digital Skills in Badagry

| June 3, 2021

June 3, 2021

On the 20th of May, Tech4Dev, in alliance with the Olu Kosoko Foundation (OK Foundation), declared the Badagry Digital Center open at 40th Birthday Ceremony of Prince Olu Kosoko of Iworo Kingdom, Badagry. This partnership was birthed due to the alarming rate of low involvement of Nigerian youths in the acquisition of digital skills.

The Women Techsters Initiative; A Solution Advancing Science, Technology and Innovation

| June 3, 2021

June 3, 2021

According to a 2020 UN Report, The COVID-19 pandemic has created the most significant disruption of education systems in history, affecting nearly 1.6 billion learners in more than 190 countries and all continents. This was one of the themes discussed at the Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Forum. The STI Forum is a global information platform focused on science, technology and innovation for Sustainable Development Goals. Over the years, this platform has become a dedicated virtual open source for knowledge sharing and dissemination of information in terms of research and innovation.

Tech4Dev Holds Stakeholders' Engagement Forum Post Basic Digital Literacy for Rural Clusters in Northern Nigeria program.

| April 7, 2021

April 7, 2021

In a time of social distancing and government-enforced lockdowns to curtail the spread of COVID-19, digital technology has enabled the continuation of work, education, and communication. But for millions of people who are unable to use technology, being offline is economically and socially isolating.

Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Blossom Ozurumba

| July 20, 2020

July 20, 2020

I currently work as the Innovation Advisor to the Chief Innovation Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Ifeyinwa Egwaoje

| July 20, 2020

July 20, 2020

When women are excluded from the digital technology transformation, it magnifies existing inequalities and forestalls development.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Temilade Adelakun

| June 24, 2020

June 24, 2020

Tell us your Tech4Dev Story: I saw a graphic design about the Nigerian Women Techsters Initiative on one of the many WhatsApp groups I was in...

Importance of Cultural Diversity for Non-Profit Organisations

| September 9, 2020

September 9, 2020

In 1941, Mahnaz Afkhami an Iranian-American Human rights activist quoted “We have the ability to achieve—if we master the necessary goodwill—a common global society blessed with a shared culture of peace that is nourished by the ethnic, national and local diversities that enrich our lives”.

Inclusion of Women in Technology: A Stimulus for the African Economy

| September 9, 2020

September 9, 2020

Technology in today's world is no longer seen as an exclusive right of a few but rather a way of life that necessitates integration and inclusion for all. The most integral part of technology’s impact on the African economy is still tied to internet penetration per country, closing gender gaps, and creating access to opportunities for digital skill development for all Africans.

Is learning and working remotely the new normal?

| June 29, 2020

June 29, 2020

In light of the pandemic, we had to think quickly and rapidly of alternative ways to impact our beneficiaries without having to meet them physically.

The role light plays in science, culture, education and sustainable development

| May 17, 2020

May 17, 2020

It is common knowledge that light plays an important role in the continued existence of man. Since the birth of light in 1876 by the great Thomas Edison, humanity has not looked back since.

21st Century Technology Advancement and Women Participation

| May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020

The World we live in is dynamic; hence the constant changes we see around us. There is an increase in the number of women in technology which has brought with it an increased sense of self among women across the World.

Girls must have a Seat at the ICT table.

| April 23, 2020

April 23, 2020

Taking a journey down memory lane, during our pilot women coding program, Code4Impact, we trained 70 girls from University of Lagos(UNILAG), Lagos State University(LASU), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology(LAUTECH) and Yaba College of Technology(YABATECH).

Digital skills as a tool to unlock the african economy

| April 23, 2020

April 23, 2020

Working on the Nigerian Women Techsters (NWT) Initiative has exposed me to the limitless opportunities that can emerge from empowering women and the importance of consciously creating enabling environments for programs that impact communities through human capital development.

Massive opportunities for women in technology.

| May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019

As the old wisdom goes, if you lost your job, you could blame to suspects cheap labor in the developing world or computers, of course, it is a truism that technological change causes disruption in economies, but it is much greater step to argue that it causes unemployment, in fact the opposite seems to be true.

Why we need more women in tech in Nigeria

| May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019

Tech4Dev (Technology for Social Change and Development) initiated The Nigerian Women Techsters program, a program to train 2,400 women on programming skills in Nigeria.

Tech4Dev Announces Strategic Partnership with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) on Digital Literacy Training in Northern Nigeria.

| April 7, 2021

April 7, 2021

As part of the efforts to empower vulnerable groups in rural clusters in Northern Nigeria with the digital skill set required for the future of work and advanced learnings for the 21st century in Nigeria, Technology for Social Change and Development Initiative (Tech4Dev)...

Women Techsters Initiative Launch: Inclusivity for 5 million Women in the African Tech Industry.

| April 7, 2021

April 7, 2021

On International Women's Day 2021, Tech4Dev, in partnership with Microsoft, held a launch event for its Women Techsters Initiative.

Tech4Dev Is Providing Solutions to Enable Decent Work

| June 28, 2019

June 28, 2019

With the advent of technological evolution, the world is changing rapidly; from how we communicate to how we conduct business to how we work. Daily lives and communication have been subsumed by the use of social media where interactions with people across the globe takes places in the new world of social; a world of interconnectivity and speedy communications.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Gift O. Maduabuchi

| May 20, 2020

May 20, 2020

Your background? I grew up in a Godly family. I am the only girl, surrounded by two lovely boys. I engage in male-dominated activities, such as playing football...

Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Olatomiwa Williams

| June 24, 2020

June 24, 2020

My passion for diversity in the technology industry drives my involvement in different initiatives focused on encouraging and developing diverse talents within the Information Technology Industry.

Volunteer Spotlight: Emeka Ofe

| December 2, 2019

December 2, 2019

My name is Emeka Ofe, a software engineer. I studied Chemical Engineering at the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State, I switched my career from Chemical Engineering to Software Engineering due to my burning passion for software engineering. The journey has been thrilling so far.

Volunteer of the Month – Arinze Odika

| August 30, 2019

August 30, 2019

Arinze Odika is a 300 level student of Accountancy at the Imo State University Owerri. He volunteers as a local programs manager for the NWTImo program.

Volunteer of the month – Umar Farouk

| August 3, 2019

August 3, 2019

Farouq Umar is a writer, content developer, system analyst, program, and project manager. He also works as the Programs Manager at Startup Kano Hub.

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Chris Adie

| June 30, 2019

June 30, 2019

Our volunteer of the month is Chris Adie, a tutor for Nigerian Women Techsters in Delta state and Women Techsters in Lagos state. In a short interview Chris answers vital questions on volunteering

Alumni Spotlight: Catherine John

| June 27, 2019

June 27, 2019

Meet Catherine John, a beneficiary of the Women Techsters Cohort 2. Catherine recently got into the Microsoft Leap Hackathon, and her team won the grand prize.