EMPOWERING GIRLS IN ICT
To Equip girls resource centres in order for them to become computer literate, be peers in the world of techonogy, build their confidence and have leading careers in ICT.
Why: Girls in Sierra Leone need to be empowered in education and technology, confidence-building, career pathway in order to break the lowest level of illiteracy in technology.
How we’re solving this: with the aid of used/new computers, softwares, stationeries, printers, photocopiers and projectors, which we can use to train and educate the girls to overcome the barriers of them not being connected to the world of technology at home, schools and their community. We aim to support girls in education from age 7 and above acquire the essential skills in ICT, as Sierra Leone has one of lowest computer literacy rate and in technology.
Sierra Leone is known for it uneducated women and girls as well as highest child marriage, FGM and teenage pregnancy, poor career and lack of female leaders/role models to name but few.
Girl Child Network Sierra Leone support and promote holistic empowerment of girls in the home, school and community and build platforms to advance their rights and freedom so that they reach their full potential. GCNSL support education and develop leadership skills in girls, so that they transform from victims to leaders. Raise awareness in communities, families, media and schools on need to create social safety nets for girls subject to, or at risk sexual abuse, harmful cultural practice, beliefs and attitudes. Girl Child Network Sierra Leone has currently 53 girl’s empowerment clubs in the western, Northern and southern region of Sierra Leone. This project will focus on girls clubs in the Freetown, Port Loko and Lunsar Northern region whom according to our survey needed such skills.
This project will support girls in schools and communities and teacher’s club coordinators to attend daily computer training, counselling, confidence-building and leadership skills. They will also learn about social media and accessing different careers in technology will empower them. However, girl’s will be capable of using helpful tools to carryout research, designs as well as links to advocacy on teenage pregnancy, sexual harassment /exploitation, early/forced marriage, FGM(C) etc on social media.
Our existing resource centre will continue to train girl’s in different IT skills from our empowerment clubs and will organize time term actives as well as holiday activities. They will host computer quiz with posters, art design and games, continue with radio discussions, drama, and music.
More than 3,000 girls will learn and share knowledge from Microsoft word to Internet access in the Western and Northern region. The girls will be train on how to use social media safely and wisely benefit themselves and country to lead to unleash their full potentials. Teacher’s volunteers, boys and young women will share our empowerment model from girls’ rights, education and skills, leadership and confidence building through this project.
27 laptops for three resources centres due to electricity problems
3 projectors and stands
Stationery- software packages
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