Bayelsa Government Trains 100 School Girls on Entrepreneurship
In a bid to support educational section in Nigeria, the Bayelsa State Government has commenced training of 100 girls selected from its model secondary schools on technology entrepreneurship.
The Executive Secretary of Bayelsa Education Development Trust Fund (EDTF), Mrs Alice Atuwo, who spoke at the opening of the three-month training in Yenagoa, stated that the programme would enable the participants to deploy technology in solving problems.
She further explained that the EDTF had earlier carried out the training of “Coding and Robotics” for 103 students in SS1 and SS2 during the last Summer Camping Programme in October 2022 but this time the program is being funded by Odyssey Educational Foundation and that it is free of charge.
“After participating in a Technovation programme like this, it would arouse your interest in technology leadership. A greater percentage of you the beneficiaries will enrol in more computer-related courses in your schools. Others can go on to develop business plans which you can present at business events, meet with world business leaders and eventually start your own businesses.
“You can also go on to support the next cohorts of Technovation Girls in return. The end result is that Technovation changes girls’/students’ lives for good and society is better for it. This is what Odyssey Education Foundation is introducing to 100 girls in our Model Secondary Schools,” she said.
She appreciated the foundation for giving girls the opportunity considering the fact that jobs are really hard to get nowadays leaving most secondary school students unemployable.
The Executive Secretary urged the girls to take the training seriously, stating that the mentors will meet with them at their schools.
According to her, since 2010, more than 39,000 girls from more than 100 countries have gone through Technovation programmes and have learnt to create “Apps” to solve various problems and/or produced mobile app startups.
She appealed to parents and leaders of various organs and organisations to encourage and support the girls in any way to succeed and become proud members of the families, communities and state.