CSOs are working to empower young Nigerian women with digital skills ©

British Council

April 2024

The D-Ability Initiative is an ACT CSO partner who has benefited from various capacity strengthening initiatives, including grant writing and the importance of partnerships.  

The CSO – in collaboration with the United States Government Exchange Alumni Association (USGEAA) and the Rivers state ICT department – has launched a digital skills training project for underprivileged female students in secondary schools in the state. The initiative is funded by the United States Mission in Nigeria. 

This project aimed to bridge the digital gender gap by equipping girls with the required skills to succeed in the digital age. Over six weeks, 20 girls from the Obio-Akpor local government area were trained on a range of digital skills, such as web development, digital marketing, digital lifestyles, and graphic design. The beneficiaries were selected by school principals. 

The girls not only benefited from learning essential digital skills. Laptops were awarded to the 10 best-performing girls to support them in advancing their digital careers. 

A graduation ceremony marked the official completion of the training programme. All graduates received certificates, symbolising their achievement and readiness to embark on their new digital career paths. 

“With the successful completion of this project, we hope to see more collaborations between D-Ability and the Rivers state government for the benefit of our youth.” 

Austin Dimkpa, Head of Technical & Operations, ICT Department, Rivers state