REPORT ON GIRLS IN ICT DAY Celebration
Report by Hauwa Dauda Atta
On the 28th of April 2016, CITAD organised an awareness programme to mark the International Girls in ICT day. The event, held at the NISTF Hall, Kano saw in attendance dignitaries from different works of life. Present were Hajiya Aisha Debola Aminu (Country Director, New Faces New Voices), Hajiya Zainab Abdulkadir Yakasai (Coordinator Consultancy, School of Technology, Kano State Polytechnic), Fatima A. Ibrahim of CITAD, and Asiya H. Abubakar (Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative). The participants were girls from different community-based associations as well as scholarship triaenrns from CITAD.
The event started at 11:00am with opening prayer by Asmau Abubakar, and a welcome speech after that by Asmau Abubakar. Next was the brief about Centre for Information Technology and development (CITAD) and about International Girls in ICT day given by Hauwa Dauda Atta of CITAD, where she highlighted the role, vision and mission of CITAD and how it helps the gender inclusion in work places and also how it helps women in the society. She stated the importance of the International girls in ICT day celebration as it helps create awareness to the community on the importance if empowering the girl child to go into technology. The next speaker was Aisha Umar of CITAD who gave a presentation on what ICT is, and the importance of ICT to the society. The final speaker of the day was one of the Special Guest in person of Hajiya Zainab Abdulkadir Yakasai who spoke on opportunities for girls in ICT. Firstly she spoke about her journey as a woman in technology and the challenges she faced and then she elaborated on a list of opportunities for girls who would want to join the technological sphere. Hajiya Fatima A. Ibrahim who also spoke emphasised on the need for girls to boldly go into ICT. She talked on how the world was going global and that women should not be left behind.
Next was an interactive session with Harira Wakili leading the session where participants present asked some questions relating to the presentations made and they fed their curiosity. During this session, Hajiya Aisha Debola Aminu said she was impressed with the initiative of International Girls in ICT day, but at the same time not happy with the number of girls present at the event which she expected to be more.
The final part of the day was an experience sharing session where Malama Jamila with a diploma in Public Admin is a practicing videographer and photographer. She told the participants about how she fortunately found herself in the profession when she was picked to train as a photographer. After her training she did not stop there, she furthered her education in videography and made sure she practiced. The event ended with closing remarks by Hauwa Dauda Atta and closing prayers by a volunteer.