In a move aimed at empowering the girl child, the world’s leading silicone innovator and semi-conductor manufacturer, Intel, has partnered with a local child rights advocacy group, Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility and Children’s Rights (CSR Children) on a symposium.
The symposium will be held in Lagos this weekend. The event is tagged “Preparing Girls for a Scientific Future,” in celebration of this year’s just-commemorated International Day of the Girl Child.
The development is in line with its global campaign to bridge the gender gap in technology by promoting digital literacy and equipping girls for careers in Science, Technology and Mathematics.
Chief Executive Officer of CSR Children, Toyin Olakanpo, observed that the socio-cultural, economic and political factors impeding equal access to science and technology education in sub-Saharan Africa remained unaddressed despite increased awareness over the past decade.
“At CSR Children, we have come to realise that the many obstacles to effective education of the girl child in Africa will not be surmounted by governments and their institutions. The challenge requires a firm commitment from socially responsible corporate citizens who understand the dangers of having a huge part of our population unable to function properly in a technology-dependent world,” Olakanpo said.
The Group Manager, Corporate Affairs at Intel, Babatunde Akinola, highlighted Intel’s contributions to the quest for gender equality in the world of Science and Technology.
“We will continue to lead the way in the drive for gender parity in the world of technology, equip young girls with and women with digital literacy skills and an improved understanding of technology,” said Akinola.
The local initiative if part of Intel’s “She Will Connect” project, which is a mission to close the gender divide by empowering five million girls globally in the next five years.
Author: Augustine Osayande