December 12, 2017
Ways You Can Help
Girls in ITC seeks to utilize ITC education as a means to empower women by providing the necessary tools and skills to:
As Liberia moves into the digital age we envision a society in which women are a driving force that moves the country forward. Where women are at the forefront of job creation, and development. Where women are included in the top scholars, entrepreneurs, and leaders. Where women are no longer marginalized, but have every means necessary to accomplish their goals. And, by accomplishing those goals improve Liberia in every facet.
Empowerment through ITC education provides limitless possibilities to women that they would otherwise be denied. The ITC education the girls receive gives them responsible and the opportunity to be a valuable part of society. Girls in ITC bridges the gender disperty gap in the technology field, and decrease marginalization.
UNDP states that Education is the most critical aspect to development. Girls in ITC bridges the gap in female representation in the technology field.
The World Bank states that there is a disparity of females represented in the field of technology. Girls in ITC seeks to bridge that gap in Paynesville.
The Media Lab at Youth Crime Watch seeks to provide young people the necessary tools to equip themselves as Liberia moves into the digital age. Through Girls in ITC women will be at the forefront of that movement.
As shown by the gender gap disparity in the field of technology women have been left behind for too long, Girls in ITC remedies that.
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The lack of access to technology is seriously consequential to society and will lead to marginalization.
This is explained in terms of the limited opportunities available to them for higher education, technical skills training and for accessing credit and development support. Some technical skills like engineering, computer technology, agriculture etc are still viewed as the exclusive domains of the male. As a result, many females do not venture into them although opportunities abound for males and females with qualifications in these disciplines.
More adversely affected by this situation are the adolescent girls living in the sub-urban communities in Paynesville, Where opportunities for education, skills training and other girls’ empowerment initiatives are very few. These communities are thus teeming with young girls, some of whom have been to school up to grade 9 without reliable livelihoods and very little hope in the future.
There are ITC labs in Monrivia, but the time and cost of transportation makes it difficult for the women of Payneville to access.
Girls in ITC will combat the lack of access to technology in the Paynsville area by decreasing these girls risk of further marginalization as we equipt them for the digital age.
Women can sign-up for one or all of the classes being offered. They can also sign up for general computer use time, and request additional help.
These classes are intended to improve their lives by providing skills needed to advance their position.
BTCA in Girls in ITC
During the business courses of BTCA we noticed a gap in IT access and skills. Women who are a part of the BTCA may want to take additional IT classes to help grow their business. They may want to take the Social Media class to learn how to promote their business through Facebook. They may want to take additional Online Education class to further their knowledge in management, or the Research class to have access to new ideas and information to improve their business.
One of the lessons covered in the BTCA is Business in the Digital Age. Liberia is moving into the global digital market, and there is money to be made. We want the women of BTCA to be a part of that growing market. We want these women to be innovative with their business, to do something very few in Liberia are doing. They need access to technology in order to be that push.
Girls in ITC in BTCA
When women have access to information and education, their potential is limitless. Knowledge leads to ideas, and ideas can lead to business. When the women gain access to information through technology and want to turn what they have learned into a way to improve their business, or start a new one, they will have the opportunity to turn that into a reality. They can choose to attend the BTCA business courses and apply for a small business loan.
Girls in ITC in Charge
When women have limited access to information they tend to maintain the same way of thinking. We hope the more these women learn and have access to through Girls in ITC will inspire them the take charge of change. They vast pool of ideas and knowledge that is on the internet has been very expensive and difficult to access for the women of Paynesville. Once they have access to new ways of thinking, new ideas, they may no longer be satisfied with accepting the situation they find themselves in. We hope that access to information through technology will inspire women to take charge and create change. They can join the Girls in Charge movement to turn their passion into a solution for change.