Vodacom Nigeria trained 25 female students on IoT as part of its support for the Girls In ICT program, Vanguard reports. The students learned how IoT is used in ensuring people’s safety and in securing the world today. The girls got a chance to tour the company’s facilities which exposed them to the importance of connectivity and data security.
Vodacom hopes that by training female students in matters ICT, they will help in demystifying the myth that ICT is a male dominated field and in so doing encourage more female students to venture into the field. WEF reports that ICT remains a predominantly male field with few women choosing ICT related majors in tertiary levels of education. The Vodacom training also helps the girls maximize their use of ICT, so that they do not lag behind in the digital world.
Lanre Koldae, the Managing Director of Vodacom Business Nigeria encouraged teachers to adopt fresh approaches while teaching ICT to increase interest among the students.
“The choice of studying ICT depends largely on the student’s interest in science subjects at the secondary level of education. Teachers must begin to adopt innovative ways of teaching the subject so that more students, especially females will not only become interested in ICT but choose to work in ICT industries upon completing their studies.”
He equally advised the participants during the training to not be intimidated by physics, chemistry and biology but to enjoy these subjects and make them an integral part of their daily lives.