Friday, 6 June 2014

YiSHDA Commemorates 2014 International Girls in ICT Day

Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa (YiSHDA) have successfully implemented the 2014 International Girls in ICT Day with the theme: “Promoting Girls’ Participation in ICT”. 

To commemorate the day, a two-days event was outlined: First, an ICT Training for Girls and the training brought together 30 Girls from 3 Science Secondary School in the FCT. The training was centered on "How to Build a Blog Site with WordPress" . The training was held on May 27, 2014. 

The WordPress training is aimed at introducing the Girls into the WordPress world and showing them simple steps of building a website. The idea is to also make the Girls become better website designers and how they can make money from Blogging.

The facilitator for the ICT training was Mrs. Damilola Olawale a Professional Project and IT Manager as well as Educational Programme Advisor.She is also an inspiring and motivational performer, leader and founder of Sprout Consulting, an ICT 4 Development consulting firm with special interest in ICT4Education.

Secondly, an open-day event with 250 Girls from 5 Science Secondary School in the FCT in attendance. The event among other things features a Talk on Promoting Girls' Participation in ICT, Goodwill Messages from Organizations, and Musical Presentations from Girls themselves. The event was held on May 28, 2014 at the Multipurpose Hall (Hall of Fame), Model Secondary School, Maitama, Abuja-Nigeria.

The President/CEO of Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa (YiSHDA), Joseph Emmanuel Yaba said the idea behind the Girls in ICT Day is to create a platform where girls can be encouraged and aspired to use ICT and build their career in the ICT field. He also reinstated the commitment of YiSHDA to continue to inspire and educate young people by building their capacity, Leadership and responsibility skills.

Also speaking at the event, the National Programs Coordinator of Junior Achievement Nigeria-Mrs. Franca Nnaji Thomas said that Junior Achievement Nigeria aims to encourage entrepreneurship in young people and ICT happens to be a great opportunity to make money, especially as a consultant for organizations etc. She also said that Junior Achievement Nigeria will be organizing and providing an opportunity for Girls to learn trades/skills in August during the long holiday.

Ikenna Anyadike the CEO of Connoisseur Consults charged the cross section of participating students at the event on the importance of embracing ICT. Stressing on the fact that ICT is a veritable avenue through which girls can redefine themselves and earn the respect of peers and society in general. He also went on to encourage the girls to take advantage of the vast resources ICT has to offer. He sighted examples of notable females who have made indelible marks in the ICT sector.

It is common sayings that, no nation can grow beyond the education of its people. Women folk are more in number than their men folk in any society; it is, therefore, obvious that the training of the girl- child toward ICT is of paramount. The girls are also challenged with the mind set to be focused in setting benchmark standards in ICT.

Special thanks to our Partners/sponsors:-Sprout Consulting, FCT Agency for Science and Technology (FAST), Junior Achievement Nigeria, Digital Peers International, Connoisseur Consults, Decipher Solutions, IEVAWC, and The World Bank Youth Forum.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

2014 International Girls in ICT Day

The number of school girls opting to study technology-related disciplines is on the decline in most countries including Nigeria. In response to this, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) established the International Girls in ICT Day back in 2010, with the idea of championing the role a tech career can play in creating exciting, far-reaching opportunities for women and girls. 

In view of this, Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa (YiSHDA) is partnering with the FCT Agency for Science and Technology (FAST) to implement the 2014 International Girls in ICT Day with the theme: “Promoting Girls’ Participation in ICT”. 

As part of activities to commemorate the 2014 International Girls in ICT Day, we have outlined the following events:
  • A Visit to the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology where some selected Girls from your schools will have the opportunity to interact and share ideas with Nigeria’s Honorable Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson. The visit will be on the 26th May, 2014.
  • A One-Day ICT Training for Girls in your schools. The Training will cover basic Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and use of the Internet. The Training will be on the 27th May, 2014.
  • One Day Event where 200 Girls from 10 Secondary Schools in the FCT will be invited. The One Day Event will among other things feature a Talk on the Importance of ICT to the Girl Child from Women Role Models, Goodwill Messages from Organizations, and Musical Presentation from Girls themselves. The One Day Event will be on the 28th May, 2014.

We look forward to having a wonderful event. The event is proudly supported by Junior Achievement Nigeria.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Emerging Young Leaders Program 2014

The role of youths in shaping the future of Nigeria cannot be over-emphasized, hence the very need for a system that will absorb the idle minds of the youths and put them into good use for the development of our great nation.

As part of YiSHDA's contribution, Emerging Young Leaders Program was designed. The program serves as an eye opener and a medium for youths to identify, explore and maximize their potentials as leaders through a one-day seminar. The program will develop and strengthen the youths by improving their self esteem, self control, capacity building and leadership skills. It will also give every aspiring young leader the opportunity to develop in many leadership qualities and skills needed to make impact in the society. 

Through the Emerging Young Leaders Program, we will identify young men and women who will show great potential to become leaders of great influence in their families, communities and the nation at large. These young men and women will also have the opportunity to reach out and influence their world positively. 

This years Emerging Young Leaders Program is Scheduled as Follows:

Date:    26th April, 2014
Time:   9:OOam
Venue:  Multipurpose Hall, Government Secondary School, Mararaba, Nasarawa State

For more information/confirmation call: 08051522484, 08033581704, 08035621381, 07069292631 or send a mail to

YiSHDA... still committed to Building Tomorrows Leaders Today. We look forward to welcoming you at the program.