NGO Empowers 100 Women with Digital Skills in Kwara

Hammed Shittu in Ilorin

After completing a four-month intensive digital skills training programme, a non-profit organisation, Webfala Digital Skills for All Initiative (WDSfaI), has graduated 100 women fellows under its first SafeHer programme cohort.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony recently in Ilorin, the Executive Director of WDSFaI, Mrs. Nafisat Bakare, said the SafeHer programme sought to empower women and girls with relevant digital skills that will guarantee their self-reliance and protect them against sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV).

She disclosed that under the programme, the graduates received comprehensive free hands-on training in either software development, product design or data science, adding that they also received training in soft skills, such as communication, teamwork, and branding.

While congratulating the graduating fellows, Bakare encouraged them to stay curious and be open to new experiences, noting that “the world is constantly changing, and it is important to stay flexible and adaptable.”

She said, “There will be challenges and obstacles along the way, but with perseverance and a positive attitude, you can overcome anything. I want to encourage you to continue to strive for excellence and to pursue your goals with passion and drive. The skills and knowledge you have gained through the ‘SafeHer programme’ will serve you well in the years to come.

She added, “As you embark on the next chapter of your lives, remember that you have the knowledge and skills to create meaningful change in the world around you as the future is full of possibilities.”

The WDSfaI boss appreciated The Circle, Global Feminism in Solidarity and Action, for its support of the SafeHer programme’s success, saying, “Without their support, this programme would not have been possible.”

Among the graduates was a 62-year-old woman, Mrs. Adeola Ayano, who learnt software development, reflecting the organisation’s commitment to inclusivity.

Notwithstanding her age, Ayano said she embraced the opportunity to learn new skills and expand her horizons to “prove that it is never too late to pursue education and personal growth.”

For her part, Aisha Ibrahim, who graduated from the Data Science track, expressed gratitude to the organisers for providing her with the opportunity to gain data science skills. She said that she had always wanted to learn the skills but had no money to enrol for the training.

“For a long time, I had the intention of learning a digital skill, but I did not have the capacity to enroll for a paid training, but when I learnt Webfala Digital Skills for all Initiative was organising a free training, I quickly sent in my application and today, I’m glad that I was selected and have completed the training which I believe will open doors to new possibilities for me and other participants,” she said.

The Programme Manager of Webfala Digital Skills for All Initiative, Raphael Ogundele, stated that the success of the digital skills training highlights the transformative impact of empowering women with digital skills.

“By equipping women of all ages with the digital skills and knowledge needed to thrive in this dynamic digital age, the SafeHer initiative is not only improving individual lives but also driving positive social and economic change in our communities,” he said.

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