Mary Ekah
As a way of empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors, 50 young aspiring ladies drawn from different fields of life were selected to participate in a special digital training on web application development.

The training is believed to be essential to building stronger economics globally, and achieving internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability.

Sponsored by the United States Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria and Access Bank with technical partnership from Hacey Health Initiatives, a non-governmental organisation, the training, which will start on April 2, will run for 12 consecutive weeks in Lagos.

The project tagged “Code for Impact Initiative”; the Head, Sustainability Corporate Communications of Access Bank, Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan, said would ensure the trainees “develop value-adding applications that will help contribute solutions to addressing social and environmental challenges in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.”
The bank, she said, is committed to economic empowerment of females to reduce cases of trafficking, sex trade and exploitation of ladies.

Access Bank has been a key partner in efforts to advance gender equality and empower women by providing practical guidance to female stakeholders both in the Bank’s workforce and local communities. As part of its strategies to impact positively on women in local communities, the Bank partners with various credible organisations on intervention programmes for women and girls. This is as a result of the growing rate in the amount of girls trafficked both within and outside the country; those forced into commercial sex work; those unable to attend school and also those financially exploited by their colleagues, family and friends.

The initiatives implemented on the platform of the Bank’s partnerships have helped to provide escape routes for these vulnerable women and others through the trainings/skills acquisition and empowerment initiatives that give them the opportunity to be productive and self-sufficient individuals. It is in line with this that Access Bank is again partnering Hacey Health Initiative, United States Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria and other technical partners on the Code for Impact initiative.

The Code for Impact initiative is an experiential learning programme that builds digital literacy, especially coding and analytical skills in females aged 18 – 30 years to create community impact solutions around the newly launched Sustainable Development Goals.

The beneficiaries of this programme have been selected from a pool of 1,518 applicants after a rigorous process wherein stringent criteria were applied. The lucky 50 participants that will be trained will be grouped in clusters of 10 with 5 girls in each group. These groups will form the functional identities through the course of the training for collaboration on assignments and the projects at the end of the training.

Each group will be assigned tutors and mentor developers who will help guide the beneficiaries on their projects. The training participants will acquire skills developing web applications, mobile applications, games application and utilization of micro-electronic platforms. They will be tasked to develop value-adding applications that will help contribute solutions to addressing social and environmental challenges in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.