No fewer than 100 secondary schoolgirls between the ages of seven and 13 have started six weeks training in web development in Ondo State to mark the 2021 Africa Code Week.

The training, according to a statement on Thursday, is being facilitated by Zeitgeist Aesthetics, funded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation in partnership with Emerging Communities Africa, Ondo State Government through the Office of Innovation and Partnerships, State Information Technology Agency and the Akure Tech Hub.

At the inauguration of the training in Akure, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Innovation and Partnerships, Peace Odili, said the government would continue to partner relevant organisations for the adoption of coding into national curricula in support of UN Sustainable Development Goals four, five and 17.

She said, “The programme is meant to ensure that students are introduced to practical skills of coding, and also empower young girls and women to gain ICT skills.”

The Chairman, Ondo State House of Assembly Committee on Education Science and Technology, Toluwani Borokini, appealed to the young girls to make best use of the opportunity to become digital citizens and proffer solutions to societal problems.

The Permanent Secretary, State Information Technology Agency, Mr Akinseloyin, said the initiative was to ensure that the students were introduced to practical skills of coding and gain ICT for self-development.

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