FG, UNICEF empower 16,000 Katsina girls with digital literacy

KATSINA – With the assistance of UNICEF, the Federal Government has equipped around 16,000 girls in Katsina State with digital literacy, entrepreneurial skills, and talents.

At the conclusion of a training session on Thursday at the Katsina State School of Nursing, Katsina, this was said by Dr. Babangida Zubairu, the Master Trainer for the Nigerian Learning Passport.

He claims that the exercise began with 2,000 teachers receiving training before moving on to students and other secondary school students in the state.

“We had another training last week of about 5,000 female students of some selected secondary and primary schools, as well as out-of-school girls within the state,” Zubairu clarified.

“And now, we have trained another set of students from four selected higher institutions in the state – Federal College of Education, Katsina, Isa Kaita College of Education, Dutsinma, Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic and the School of Nursing, Katsina.

“In each school, we trained at least 2,000 students on digital literacy, digital skills and entrepreneurship, using the Nigeria learning passport.”

According to Zubairu, the aim of the training was to promote digital literacy, digital skills and entrepreneurship of female students in Nigeria.

He mentioned that each participant is supposed to enrol in three separate courses under the Nigeria Learning Passport programme at the conclusion of the session.

“By the time they finish the courses, the participants would be issued with a certificate signed by the Federal Ministry of Education, UNICEF and Microsoft.

“The participants can use the certificates as additional qualification to serve as evidence that they have obtained a certificate on computer literacy and skills.

“The programme is an intervention from UNICEF, called Girls Employability and Skills Partnership programme (GESP), a two-year programme in four states; Katsina, Sokoto, Bauchi and Lagos,” he said.

The Master trainer said that the Nigeria learning passport is a project sponsored by the World Bank, with the goal to support teaching and learning in Nigeria using a digital platform.