Nigerian NGO, The High Tech Centre for Nigerian Women and Youths, has launched a technology innovation programme for male gender in the country.
The NGO says the STEAM Boys, Tech Men Initiative tagged “Muscles with Brains for Tech Innovation” targeting the male gender to transform them into tech innovators.
Dr Wummi Hassan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), The High Tech Centre for Nigerian Women and Youth says the NGO is shifting its focus to the male gender after concentrating on the female gender over the last 15 years.
According to her, “the High Tech Centre for Nigerian Women and Youths having focused on Women, Girls and Youths Capacity development in ICTs, STEM and Entrepreneurship in the last 15 years deemed it fit to deliberately plan a model of Technology Know-How learning’s that will involve all males especially the younger boys in Schools at all levels and prepare the younger ones to become Tech-solution providers at all levels.
Mr. Kashif Inuwa, Director General / CEO of NITDA of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) performed the formal launching of the tech programme last week in Abuja.
Mrs Hassan explains that the initiative aimed at bringing deliberate capacity building projects and programs to the male gender in all areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and ICTs for industrial development of Nigeria.
“The NGO has in the last two years embarked on Solar Panels Assembly locally in Nigeria, Biogas Digester Manufacturing for Biotechnology projects as waste management scheme as well as production of Gas for domestic purposes”, she says.
According to her, The High Tech Centre for Nigerian Women and Youth is promoting programmes that “taught women and girls how to assemble mobile phones with actual projections of developing a Made-in-Nigeria mobile phone soon.”
The NGO plans to host more projects to offer tech solutions during the STEM Summit coming up in March 2020, where Hands-On skills on technologies that will provide solutions to the various sectors will be learnt and developed at a 3-day Summit holding March 24-26 at the RMRDC, Maitama, Abuja.