|The Intel She Will Connect Africa program is an initiative that uses a combination of digital literacy training, development of gender-relevant content, and the creation of an online peer network to help bridge the gender gap in Internet access. The program has trained upwards of 150,000 women in Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya in face-to-face training conducted by the program’s partner organizations since its launch in 2013.
||SHE CAN with ICT – Sustaining Her Enterprise, Career and Network with ICT is an initiative of Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre, W.TEC, under the Intel She Will Connect campaign designed to expose young women in tertiary institutions, who are about concluding their undergraduate programmes and stepping into the job market, to in-depth practical entrepreneurial skills and ICT tools that would help them prepare for the technology-driven workplace.
|While the entrepreneurship education imparts entrepreneurial skills and attitudes to the young women as well as favorably disposes them towards establishing own-businesses, the ICT skills will help enhance their business and career opportunities. These, altogether will empower them to contribute positively towards the nation’s economic development.
Participants are introduced to a number of online and offline entrepreneurship modules that gives an understanding of how to harness the power of ICT tools and skills as core drivers for startups and careers for young people. The 6-month training entails extensive Digital Literacy, Entrepreneurship workshops, Job readiness/Internship and Mentorship programs.
Objectives of SHE CAN WITH ICT Programme are:
- i. Identifying and learning digital literacy and business promotion tools.
ii. Using technology to enhance and support the work of small enterprises.
iii. Providing startup financial support for young female entrepreneurs.
iv. Pitching business ideas to potential investors by innovative startups.
v. Introducing young women to support networks – Financial, technology, advocacy etc., both online and offline, that they can harness to promote their businesses and career pursuits.
Expected Outcomes of the Programme:
- i. Increase the number of women working with and using information technology productively.
- ii. Easy access to capital for female entrepreneurs to achieve their business goals and meet significant milestones, whether they’re launching a new product, acquiring key customers, or reaching a revenue goal.
- iii. Train at least one thousand (1,000) young women to use ICT productively in every area of their lives.
- iv. Have at least one hundred (150) women who have started and grown their start-up business or who are gainfully employed by the end of the program.
- v. Build a network of upward-mobile women entrepreneurs, who can mentor younger women.
|The goal is to give young female undergraduates and 1st year Postgraduate students in tertiary institutions the opportunity of connecting with the business world and applying all they have learnt in the classroom in preparation for the workplace, and using the Internet as a business tool. This increases their income which goes to improve their livelihoods in the short-run; and go on to empower them to contribute positively towards the nation’s economic development.
Criteria for Selection
We are recruiting female participants for this programme who are:
- i. Current students of University of Lagos (UNILAG)
- ii. Available for the 6-month programme between February – July, 2017.
- iii. Between the ages of 15 – 35 years.
- iv. Interested in setting-up a business or expanding an existing one.
- v. Interested in developing their technology knowledge and skills for business and career.
- vi. Have used a computer at a basic level i.e. can turn it on and off, can create and manage files, and have a working knowledge of the Internet.
Opportunities for Beneficiaries:
- i. Seed-funds for viable start-ups ranging between =N=25,000 and =N=150,000
- ii. Internship placement with credible organisations
- iii. Mentorship both online and offline
- iv. Personal profile for self and business on a global platform (Wikipedia)
- v. Access to a global online peer-network (WorldPulse)
- vi. Access to international educational information (Goethe Institut)
- vii. Support-systems for young business- and career-focused women
To apply for the programme, kindly Register Here
- Feedback from participants of 2015 SHE CAN WITH ICT:
– Nwaogbo Precious
– Adeyi Shakira Tobiloba
– Christiana Ugorji
Partners and supporters of the SHE CAN WITH ICT Programme include: