Women’s Technology Empowerment Center, WTEC, a Bauchi-based non-governmental organisaton, has trained and equipped over 80 women with renewable energy skills in Bauchi.
The Bauchi State Coordinator of the Organization, Mrs. Charity Solomon
disclosed this on Friday while presenting certificates of graduation to the beneficiaries of the training, said that the NGO was disturbed by the wide enrollment gap between Girls and their boys counterparts regarding engineering courses.
She noted that the girls were drawn from across schools within the state capital, adding that even those that have finished their secondary school and are waiting for admission into tertiary institutions were also considered.
“The training is basically meant to inspire girls to venture into engineering. You know there is a big gap between the number of girls that enroll in engineering or study it or take it as a career compared to that of the boys.
“You will discover that it is very rare to see a girl enroll in engineering courses. So the initiative is meant to inspire them to understand that engineering is not actually meant for boys alone as it is generally believed, most especially in Nigeria.
“Those who were patient and resilient waited, they later saw that it is not as complex as they were made to believe, so in all, we trained 82 girls on renewable energy,” she said.
On her part, Faith Ezedi, the facilitator at the training said young girls were trained on the fabrication of Solar energy charger, household door alarms, rechargeable lamps, power banks, among others.
She urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the knowledge acquired while appealing to them to step down the training to their friends and relatives to enable the society to benefit from the initiative.
The trainer appealed to the Bauchi state government to key into the initiative with a view to expanding the programme within and outside the state, adding that the Government should include such programmes in the secondary school curriculum to inspire the girls.
WikkiTimes gathered that the training program saw the beneficiaries engaged in a 4 weeks training session on renewable energy.
One of the beneficiaries, a secondary school student, thanked WTEC for organising the training and said she had learnt how to fabricate solar power charger, power bank, rechargeable light and door alarm.