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2021 IDGC: UNICEF trains Kano girls on digital literacy, life skills


By Yakubu Salisu, Kano

No fewer than 30 junior secondary school girls in Kano were trained on Digital Literacy to bridge the gender digital divide that exists between them and their male counterparts as part of activities set aside by UNICEF to mark this year’s International Day of the Girl Child.

The training which took place at the Kwalli Model Primary School, Sabuwar Kofa Kano had in attendance 5 best selected girl students from UNICEF’s 6 Focal LGAs in the State with the theme: “Digital Generation – Our Generation ; Digital Revolution: Not without Girls”.

It is a day set aside the United Nations for promoting the rights of girls and addressing the unique challenges they face.

According to the Education Specialist, UNICEF Nigeria Kano Field Office, Mutaqa Mukhtar Muhammad, it is a day when diverse groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and act to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere, as girls are both disproportionately affected by gender inequality and have tremendous potential to be leaders for change.

He said UNICEF Nigeria with the Support of the Foreign Common Wealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the UK have since 2012 been in partnership on girls’ education through the Girls’ Education Project (GEP) and also engaged in the promotion of the rights of the girl child by partnering with different Government and non-government organizations and UN agencies to support the engagement of key critical stakeholders and partners working with girls; to amplify their voices and stand up for the rights of Nigerian girls; and to promote targeted actions to advance the leadership and well-being of adolescent girls.

Muhammad stated that the annual event provides opportunity for a key activation moment to raise up a range of voices and actions to advocate for the provision of equal opportunity of learning for all Nigerian children, especially girls.

Furthermore, that the celebration focus on reimagining a world shaped by adolescent girls voices, vision and solutions to the key issues hindering their access to quality education, including digital literacy skills and to acquire the necessary skills towards the future they chose and leading as a generation of activists accelerating change.

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Speaking also at the event, the Chairperson High Level Women Advocates, (HiLWA) Prof. Aisha Ismail noted that the training which is a collaboration between HiLWA, and SUBEB with support from the UNICEF is such that can address the numerous challenges of the girl-child.

She said, in line with the 2021 theme which centers around digital generation, the girls are groomed on the use of the computer to enable them master it as they progress the educational ladder bearing in mind that most exams are now CBT based.

“We want these girls to acquire the knowledge and skills to operate the computer from their early years so that they don’t face challenges in the future as they continue their education.

You know must exams now are written on the computer that is CBT and the higher institutions are trying to do away with much papers so any student who doesn’t know how to use the computer will be left struggling to cope and we don’t want that with our girls anymore”, she stressed.

Ismail also stated that with such knowledge, a girl child can learn to work from home using her computer for different businesses.

The participating Local Governments are; Gwale, Kano Municipal, Danbatta, Sumaila, Ungogo and Nasarawa.

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