Wife of the Plateau State Governor in North Central Nigeria Mrs. Regina Bako Lalong has called on Students in the State to learn to be self-reliant by acquiring Skills in various fields that would help develop them mentally and prepare them for the future.
Mrs. Lalong stated this at the closing ceremony of a two weeks ICT training on empowering the Girl Child in Jos, Plateau state capital.
The Training which is a collaborative effort of the (Support Women Initiative to Transform Children) Switch Foundation a pet project of the first Lady and Cisco get Connect graduated Three Hundred students which were drawn from various Public Secondary Schools across the Three Senatorial District of the State.
Mrs. Lalong in her address congratulated the student for being beneficiaries of the training.
She said: “This project is in line with the objective of improving the lives of Women, Youths and Children and other vulnerable groups in the society through the Switch Foundation.
“We decided to train on ICT because we realized the low level of ICT knowledge particularly with girls in Public Secondary Schools across the State.
This is one area am very particular about and that is why we insisted on ICT Training to help build their capacity for Academic and Social Engagement as this will also guide them towards their career path.”
“I want to appeal to you all my dearest students to ensure that the training you have received within this two weeks, are put to good use. I also call on the Principals and Teachers of these schools to ensure that ICT is incorporated into their curriculum,” she added.
The Cisco Coordinator and the Trainer Mr. Goodwin Jonathan in his address thanked the first lady for the Initiative.
He said: “Cisco has supported girls in ICT since its inception through the girls ICT day by providing digital skills for them.
“Cisco empowers Women to explore the incredible Opportunities available to them in the Technology sector and to help build the skills and mind-set needed to be leaders of tomorrow.”
He said some of the areas the girls were taught include: Introduction to Cyber Security, computer based exam Module as well as Cisco get connect.
“I want to specially, commend the wife of the Governor for setting the pace in bridging gender digital divide in the area of Technology by providing the much needed digital knowledge and destroying the stereotype and cultural norms and re awakening the dampened girls interest in Science, technology and Mathematics,” he added.
In her good will message, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Women Affairs Mrs Hassan Halika, appreciated Cisco, for taking the lead against poverty. She thanked the State Government for this laudable initiative and called for more empowerment for Women and Children.
Some of the trainees who spoke with our correspondent were full of accolades for the first lady. They thanked her for the Opportunity to be skilled on ICT adding that they learnt a lot from the Training and promised to share their knowledge with the younger students of the School adding that with the knowledge acquired, they can be more direct and deliberate in their career path.
High point of the ceremony was the presentation of gifts to the outstanding students and presentation of Certificate.