UK-funded DigiGirls graduates 4,000 Nigerian women with digital skills

DigiGirls, an initiative of CyberSafe Foundation, funded by the UK Government’s Digital Access Program, recently graduated over 4,000 Nigerian women and girls with in-demand basic to intermediate employable digital skills.

According to a statement issued Wednesday by the Deputy High Commission of Britain in Lagos, the program has also indirectly benefited more than 10,000 additional women through the train-the-trainer program.

“These employable digital skills would lead to positive outcomes for beneficiaries’ livelihoods, improve their employment prospects and prepare them for digital entrepreneurship in today’s digital economy.

“The DigiGirls Program aims to reduce the digital gender imbalance against women in Nigeria by empowering more women and girls with employable digital skills through intensive training, mentoring, internships/internships and opportunities of entrepreneurship. The program’s learning paths include digital marketing, UI/UX, graphic design, e-commerce, and data analytics,” the statement read.

Speaking at the virtual graduation event for DigiGirls 2.0 recipients held on Tuesday, Alessandra Lustrati, Head of Digital Development and Global Head of Digital Access Program at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) of the British Government, congratulated the trainees on their achievements. .

According to her, “Building digital capacity at the local level and testing models of digital skills development that work well with specific target groups – as in the DigiGirls approach – are at the heart of FCDO’s overall effort to support the inclusive, responsible and sustainable digital transformation of partner countries like Nigeria.

Alessandra further highlighted the huge potential of Nigeria’s digital economy, recalling that the ICT sector was the fastest growing sector of the Nigerian economy in 2020 and 2021, and is expected to contribute to 16 .2% of Nigeria’s GDP in the first quarter of 2022.

She said, “The digital economy can only prosper much more and generate opportunities and skilled jobs if we strive to close the digital gender gap, which in Nigeria is currently estimated at around 25%. The DigiGirls project with our partner CyberSafe Foundation, as part of the UK’s wider digital access programme, is a great example of how we can help close this gender gap and foster digital inclusion.

Cybersafe Foundation Founder and Executive Director, Confidence Staveley, especially thanked the UK Government for their continued support in making the program a success and improving the lives of beneficiaries.

She said: “Thanks to the UK government through the FCDO, the DigiGirls program since its inception has now directly empowered over 6,000 women with digital skills from both incarcerated cohorts.”

She went on to encourage the latest graduates to take advantage of their new skills and learning, saying “You are the value, keep adding value.”

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