Lagos, Nigeria

UK government set to fund the second phase of Digi- girls program with over three hundred and seventy thousand pounds

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The Foreign Development and Commonwealth Office of UK Government is set to sponsor the second phase of Digi- girls training with over three hundred and seventy thousand pounds.

The UK Minister for Africa at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Vicky Ford (MP) who visited the Digi- girls training center in Lagos said she was impressed with the learning process.

She noted that the UK government believe in policy that supports women and girls to get skills and close the gender gaps, pointing out that economy thrives when women and girls are given equal opportunities in the economy sector.
DigiGirls training program organised by Cybersafe Foundation and funded by the foreign Development and Commonwealth Office of the UK government is a program set to improve the socio-economic well-being of women and girls (15-40 years old) living in underserved communities in Nigeria, by empowering them with employable digital skills through intensive training, mentorship, internship/job placement or entrepreneurship opportunities.
About two thousand four hundred girls and women are already undergoing a three month training on lucrative digital skills under which participants will be exposed to computing and cybersecurity fundamentals, digital entrepreneurship skills. and upon choosing a desired career path,
The UK Minister for Africa at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Vicky Ford said she was impressed with the performance of amazing group of women who without any prior tech experience and in less than three months are now training others.

She said that the UK government believe in policies supporting women and girls pointing out that there can never be a strong economy and freedom of the people unless women and girls are given equal opportunities in the economy sector..

She also announced that four thousand women and girls will benefit from the second phase of the Digi- girls program which the UK government will sponsor with three hundred and seventy thousand pounds.
Founder of the Foundation, Mrs. Confidence Staveley, said the project which is enabled by the commitment and funding from the UK Government, will close the digital gender gap that is causing unemployment/underemployment of women and girls especially for the underserved communities..
Mrs Staveley noted that DigiGirls project which also rounds up with three months paid internship would contribute to ensuring safe and responsible use of internet, tackle gender-based violence through economic empowerment of women pointing out that most of the women are already training other women in their communities and making money.
Mrs Staveley said the women would undergo a three month paid internship which is usually Virtual and convenient because they can work on line from any part of the country .
Some of the beneficiaries Esther and Damilola could said the DIGI- girls program was another period of self discovery for them as the are already training other women.