Girl-child Involvement in Science Vital for Technological Development

Girl-child Involvement in Science Vital for Technological Development

By Taofeek Lawal

Case has been made for the involvement of the girl-child in technological development by being involved in the male-dominated science and engineering fields.

The program coordinator, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League and manager System Application Products (SAP), Olajide Ademola Ajayi, stated this at the Robotic Competition organised by the Federal Ministry of Education in collaboration with Coderina Education and Technology Foundation held at the Engineering Hall of Baze University, Abuja.

Ajayi said the programme which started in 2014 was designed to inspire young kids to be able to carry out research works, find solutions to real life problems and robot games where kids are given a robot in packs and build these robots to carry out different functions.

He said the programme has factored the involvement of many girls as boys and the emphasis is to make sure that the Federal Government Girls’ College (FGGC), Bauchi and Akwa Ibom States. He said the ratio of girls to boys in the program has been 30/ 70 all in a bid to ensure that the girl-child is involved because science and engineering which hitherto have been seen as predominantly for boys should have girls’ impact and contributions.

He said the federal government needs to sponsor more federal schools in the area of science and technology by getting equipment for the schools creating opportunities for the students to be brought together and trained for the future.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who was represented by the Director, Technology and Science Education Department, Technical Education, Mrs Elizabeth Adedigba, said the world is being transformed by technology, information and communication technology (ICT) which has allowed youth to create, innovate and thrive while preparing them for the future.

The minister added that the technology landscape in Nigeria is opening up with new start-ups emerging on a daily basis with the aim to proffer solutions to problems within and outside communities and solving global challenges. Thirty schools which comprised 17 federal government schools and 13 private schools participated in the competition.

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