In December 2013, WeTech is launching a Seed Fund in Africa that will provide small
grants to support individuals or civil society organizations to launch or expand
initiatives for women and girls that increase their access to computer science-related
training, jobs and leadership roles.
We are very interested in learning about your successful activities currently supporting
women and girls in Computer Science and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
(STEM), and how we might support expansion and impact. We are also eager to hear your
new, innovative ideas for programming in this space.
Please help us by sharing your opinion, experience and ideas in this*survey <http://iiesf.us4.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=b2fe0ba4901f9088370a8cfb5&id=f8da61857b&e=ddf1f6df3c>*by *December 9th*. By completing this survey you will receive information in December about the WeTech Seed Fund application as soon as it goes live.
In addition to your feedback we would appreciate your help to grow our network – please
spread the word and share with colleagues!
To apply for a WeTech Seed Fund grant applicants must meet the following eligibility
* Current resident of an African country (including North and Sub-Saharan Africa)
* Application must be submitted in English
* Applying as an individual (at least 18 years of age), or a
representative of a non-governmental organization (NGO) or social
enterprise based in Africa
* Ability to demonstrate previous experience conducting activities
supporting women and girls in computer science or STEM fields
* Commitment to developing and contributing to a virtual community for
WeTech Seed Fund grantees
* Demonstrated leadership potential (references will be required)
* Proposed projects MUST have a tangible impact for women and girls in
computer science and/or STEM- related fields
Preference will be given to projects that target under-served populations and locations,
take a collaborative approach, have a high potential for growth and present an innovative
use of technology.
Projects eligible for grant funding include, but are not limited to:
* Computer science workshops and trainings for women and girls
* Early incubation of female tech entrepreneurs
* Programming and app development training programs
* Speakers bureaus, role model and mentoring programs
* Networking events for women in computer science or STEM fields
* Community participation in ITU’s Girls in ICT Day
* Community education to generate support for computer science or
STEM-related careers among parents and educators
* Hackathons and coding camps for girls
* Sponsorship of a Technovation Challenge team
December 9, 2013: WeTech survey closes
December 18, 2013: WeTech Seed Fund Online Application opens
*January 15, 2013: WeTech Seed Fund Application Deadline*
March 1, 2013: Round One of WeTech grants announced
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Do you wish to volunteer with the W.TEC team?
W.TEC encourages volunteers who will contribute their knowledge, talent, skills and time towards achieving W.TEC’s goals and vision. We encourage new ideas and initiatives on how to better serve our beneficiaries. We are happy to explore flexible volunteering conditions – such as working hours, duration of volunteering and deadlines – for all our supporters.
W.TEC particularly requires expertise in areas that include, but are not limited to:
- Technology Skills
- Gender Advocacy
- Fund Raising
- Programme Planning and Management
- Facilitating Trainings
You may propose other areas of expertise, which we will be happy to consider in relation to our programme requirements.
What do I stand to gain as a W.TEC volunteer?
- Network with our other volunteers, supporters, facilitators and partner organisations locally and internationally
- Attend our programmes for free or at a highly-subsidized cost
- Opportunity to develop new technology skills
- References for your job applications
- Increase your knowledge about women and information technology
- Enjoy other leadership training programs, and have access to empowering resources and opportunities
- Be recognized and acknowledged in our various events, publications, website and other social media
- Stipend will be paid to cover for volunteer’s transportation when volunteering on W.TEC’s programmes.
You can send an email specifying your area of expertise and why you want to volunteer with W.TEC with a copy of your CV to email@example.com
Or fill out the Volunteer Application form here:
The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) is a Nigerian non-governmental organization working to encourage Nigerian girls and women to use information and communication technology (ICT) to empower themselves socially and economically. This is done through technology literacy training, technology-based projects, mentoring, work placement and research.
The Research and Documentation Officer will provide research input for the analysis required to develop, implement, review and evaluate new and existing programmes and activities.
Under the direction of the Technology Programmes Coordinator, the Research & Documentation Officer will take on the following responsibilities:
- Work with Communications Officer to stay abreast of latest information technology news and policy, especially in relation to women and girls and compile written news briefs for organisation
- Provide information on what research is already available with respect to technology and women
- Prepare gender and technology factsheets to support our advocacy efforts
- Contribute to policy briefings and research papers relevant to gender and technology
- Work on any research projects, including commenting on draft research instruments, such as questionnaires, and editing draft reports; conducting, or commissioning then analysing, in-depth interviews with research subjects
- Keep, collate and maintain detailed records of all organisation’s activities (including, but not limited to, programme reports, programme evaluations, feedback and testimonials from alumni and other relevant stakeholders, trainings attended by staff)
- Monitoring & Evaluation:
- Develop appropriate evaluation instruments to monitor and assess impact and benefit of organisation’s activities
- Administer evaluation instruments before, during and after programme
- Analyse and document programme Monitoring & Evaluation results
- Prepare comprehensive and highly-readable reports for each activity and programme
- Support Fund-Raising:
- Support Technology Programmes Officer through research and analysis of individuals and corporate entities for partnership/sponsorship potential and propensity to donate in order to establish priorities and strategies for the successful solicitation of donors
- Prepare detailed and up-to-date research briefings on prospects and/or groups of prospects for development staff and administrators, in advance of calls and events in order to obtain optimal outcomes.
- Contribute to writing proposals for funding and support
- The incumbent should possess a university degree or equivalent, extensive investigative and research skills will be an added advantage
- Demonstrate proficiency in the methods of information acquisition e.g. use of online sources (World-Wide-Web), CD-ROM sources, and print directories. Show initiative in identifying new sources of information, as they become necessary and/or available.
- Ability to organize and manage a diverse range of assignments and projects with high efficiency, yet thorough attention to detail and follow through
- Demonstrate strong communication skills, both oral and written
- Resourceful and independent, but comfortable working within the framework of an integrated development program and team-oriented environment
- Ability to adjust to changing priorities and meet deadlines
- Familiarity and appreciation of the mission purpose and values of a non-profit organisation inclined towards women empowerment using ICTs
- Demonstrate competence in a variety of computer applications, including database, spread sheet and word processing programs
- Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion
- Be proactive in anticipating and seeking out information related to the immediate priorities of the organisation
- Demonstrate ability to analyze and synthesize data from a wide variety of sources, and present the resulting information in a clear summary
The successful candidate will be joining a small team at the organization to work on on-going and proposed projects.
- The job is based in Lagos, Nigeria and therefore, applicants must be legally permitted to work in Nigeria
- Applicants must be interested in the economic and social development of women and girls
Please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Application: Research and Documentation Officer”
I hope that you are doing well. Here’s an opportunity for you all.
Apply to the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition by Nov. 12!
What & Why: GSEC is an international student social business plan
competition that challenges university-level students (both undergraduate and graduate) worldwide to use business principles to create sustainable, positive solutions to some of the worlds’ most challenging issues ”poverty, health and development. Semi-finalist student teams from around the globe are invited to Seattle to present their ideas. Go to the GSEC teams website to see some examples of past finalists.
PRIZES: Through GSEC, you and your team could win one of the cash prizes, get exposure to and network with 400+ professionals, and receive expert coaching to develop a social venture i n -developing economies. Cash prizes include a $12K Grand Prize, a $10K information and communication technology prize and a Global Health prize of $10K.
HOW: The application requires only a simple idea, a description of
the business and who it targets, the social impact/problem being
solved, names of team members, short description of financials, etc.
A more detailed business plan will be created in December and
January with support from mentors if chosen as a semi-finalist.
Deadline to apply is November 12, 2013 by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre – W.TEC
Suite 88, Block A-4 Sura Shopping Complex
Simpson Street, Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria
+ 234.803.621.1307 | email@example.com
www.w-teconline.org | www.facebook.com/wteconlinepage
W.TEC in conjunction with Adobe Youth Voice Foundation will for the second year conduct the Create with a purpose project. Adobe Youth Voice Foundation is owned by Adobe Systems, Inc an American multinational computer software company with its headquartered in San Jose, California, United States. The software giant is popularly known for its Photoshop and Adobe Premiere elements digital editing softwares.
Their foundation is driven with the passion to empower youths with digital skills to express themselves online through digital films, pictures, essays etc in order for them to have a voice on all issues of concern to them in their various societies for such to be shared on the world wide web, to achieve this Adobe Youth voice partner with many social organizations(like schools, ngos, social clubs, individuals etc) worldwide to train youths on how to express themselves online with digital shortfilms, pictures etc .
In Nigeria W.TEC is one of their partners for the program this year by this we can inform you that 25 students each from Methodist Girls High School Yaba and Regan Memorial Baptist Girls High School Sabo, Yaba totaling 50 students for this year’s project.
The girls will be thought for two months short film production ( Script planing, Film shooting , Film editing and Film presentation) their project will be ”A monologue on why society is loosing its moral values”. Their projects on completion will be presented in other schools to educate their fellow peers.
W.TEC has in the past successfully organized this project with 30 girls from Aunty Ayo Girls comprehensive High school, Keffi str, Ikoyi, Lagos and this year certainly is going to be bigger with more schools and participants involued.
Pls share our story and stay tuned as we keep you updated on the progress of the program.
Google Trailblazer is a global network of leaders, advocates, and ambassadors for computer science (CS) education who will be charged with empowering youth and educators around the globe to be connected to and inspired by computer science.
In this inaugural year, Trailblazer Students are high school/secondary school youth 13+ who are innovating with computer science to influence the world in a positive way.
Trailblazer Students are given the opportunity to bring a voice to and raise awareness of expanded access to computer science education for all; they will also be connected to partner organizations for mentoring, given virtual and in-person educational and professional development opportunities, and receive access to in-kind and monetary support to be used toward their future advocacy efforts around CS education.
W.TEC is excited that Dolapo and Iyimide have this opportunity to join other budding computer scientists from around the world.
We will check in with them through the year and share in their experiences.
Loiusa Onomhen Eikhomun and her Daughter Emmanuella, have been a good source of inspiration to future participants of W-TEC camps. According to her, her Organization ECOWA Echoes of Women in Africa Initiative have been at the mercy of techies who have overcharged to design and service her Website regularly to no satisfaction. It only took for her 12 year Daughter who had learnt Website design at our last August Tech Camp for girls was able to design a beautiful website for her mum’s organization. By this we can proudly say that our Tech camp for girls is making a difference in the lives of our women technology. Henceforth we can assure you to witness more of such in the lives of many our women impacting positively technologically just like that of Emmanuella who is saving her mother Thousands of Naira and effort to maintaining a good website.
The W.TEC Girls Technology Club is a follow-up programme from the Girls Technology Camp and is scheduled to start in October 2013. The Club is intended to provide continual learning and direct technical assistance to ensure the girls are actively using the knowledge they have gained from the camp in their daily lives.
The club will organize activities at least twice a month to build-up on the technical foundation developed at the camp. It will also provide a forum where the girls can easily connect with W.TEC, each other and mentors.
The twice-monthly workshops will deepen the girls’ technical skills, as W.TEC will introduce additional concepts and tools. The workshops will feature practical sessions, teamwork, excursions and career talks organized in partnership with leading technology companies
This club will be open to alumni from all previous camps and non-alumni who meet the criteria.
To find out more about the club and to sign-up, kindly email Dupe Darabidan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The W.TEC Girls Technology Club is funded by Google RISE.
W.TEC is a recipient of the 2013 Google RISE Awards.
Google RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) Awards are designed to support organizations that promote access to Computer Science education and give students aged 7-18 the opportunity to become creators – and not just consumers – of tomorrow’s technological innovations. Google awards funding to, and partners with, organizations running programs that inspire, engage, and retain students on a long-term path in the field of computing.
Organizations are chosen based on their focus on underrepresented minorities in the field and position as changemakers in their respective countries for Computer Science at the K-12/Pre-University level. Google is especially focused on partnering with organizations that specifically target girls and currently have the potential to scale their efforts and reach more girls around the world.
W.TEC was one of 30 organisations selected for an award from over 800 applicants. See the full list of award winners.
NNNGO HOLDS RESEARCH EXERCISE ON NIGERIAN NGOs IN CONJUCTION WITH CIVICUS.HELD: Sisters of Our lady Of Apostles Conference Centre, Maryland Lagos DATE: 17TH of September, 2013 HOST: Mr Sola Oyewole TIME: 8am – 1pm.
NNNGO in its bid to get data to support its claims in dealings with institutions especially governments in conjunction with CIVICUS, the main objective of this exercise is determine areas of intervention the ngos will need to help make our ngos more effective.
The session was in three parts. The first was the administering of a 23 page survey on many issues affecting the work of civil social organizations both from within and from outside the organization, in attendance were about 50 ngos whom this survey was administered. The second part was the group sessions determined by the areas of focus of the ngos, here oral discussions were done to obtain relevant responses on critical issues and solutions to ngos. The third session was a general discussion by all on the activities of nnngo such issues include the following:
1. Planned subsidised training for member ngo staff.
2. Affordable auditing for member ngos at N60, 000 per annum.
3. Affordable websites for members at N60, 000 per annum.
4. High profile VIPs for member events
5. Payment of dues
6. Visa application support
7. Annual conference in Lagos on November 27 for N5,000
In conclusion nnngo is a body I believe one should give close attention to as they would come in handy in many of W-TEC activities.