#DigitalBalance4Better

Keturah Shammah
Posted June 29, 2020 from Nigeria

The most common question asked by young people most especially young women and girls is how do I have timely and easy access to Information and opportunities about Education, Job opportunity, Agriculture and Health?  The common answer is simple “Digital Empowerment”. How can girls ensure that? #DigitalBalance4Better a campaign by Girls Education Mission International (GEM) seeks to enhance awareness, mobilize broad support and provide practical digital literacy as essential tool for further learning, empowerment and civic engagement among young women and girls. The tittle of the initiative is purposely a hashtag to maximize the vitality of the awareness raising campaign.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) had much promises as empowering tools for young people. Unfortunately, there is a distinct gender gap in the use of technology. Recently World Pulse reveals that there are 200 million fewer women than men who can access the internet. Globally, women are 25% less likely than men to have digital skills” keeping young women systematically undeserved.

 

One way of addressing this concern by Girls Education Mission International is increasing digital literacy, curating digital contents that help sustain women and girls’ interest in digital literacy, STEM, investing in economic empowerment, and creating social networks where young women and girls can feel safe and supported online. The goal is to increase girls’ ability to safely navigate the digital tools in the world we live.

#DigitalBalance4Better is designed to:

  1. Combine a focus on digital education and literacy to help equip girls to participate in the digital economy and access higher-paid jobs.
  2. Empower girls with technology tools and resources to solve related issues affecting them.
  3. Providing foundation and transferable skills girls need to develop themselves personally and professionally.
  4. Promotes innovation, creativity and livelihood for girls.

 

#DigitalBalance4Better goals are:

  1. To train 350 Nigerian girls ages 10-25 annually on variety technology skills including, productivity tools, web design and other digital skills.
  2. Provide mentorship through linkages and referrals for women to a safe and comfortable space to globally grow their voice, networks and connections using World Pulse tools including incorporating the World Pulse digital empowering contents into the existing digital program of GEM.
  3. To advocate, raise awareness and create space for scaling up successful policies and programs on access to technology tools and resources for women and girls.

 

#DigitalBalance4Better is a big task that calls for harnessing perspective strength of partners - be it in funding, expertise, materials or others. Top of our needs are space for trainings, computers, and other technical support. We are looking forward to:

  1. Donors to donate funds or materials needed.
  2. Skillful persons who are willing to facilitate digital skills training for girls.
  3. Schools, communities, organizations, churches etc. who believe in our vision and are willing to have us share about it.

If you are challenged to create a lasting impact,  you can make a generous donation at https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/girls-scholarship-program/ or contact us at [email protected]. So far, we impacted the lives of 256 young women and girls in various technology programs.

This story was submitted in response to Become a Featured Changemaker.

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Audrey Bake
Jun 29
Jun 29

Thanks so much mummy.
I had a similar situation like that but your words are more than enough. Thanks so much for those words I am super happy with these piece. This is really amazing.

Keturah Shammah
Jul 08
Jul 08

Dear Audrey,
Thanks for the compliment and am glad we share similar vision. We are all in this together.

Chi8629
Jun 30
Jun 30

Thank you for sharing Sister.

Keturah Shammah
Jul 08
Jul 08

Thank you Chi8629

Hello, Ambassador Keturah,

I love your #DigitalBalance4Better movement. Have you submitted to this as a proposal to funding agencies?
I hope you have partners, networks, and grants for this important work you are doing. Thank you for sharing with us! Great job!

Keturah Shammah
Jul 08
Jul 08

Dear Karen,
Thanks for you care. Yes, I have submitted a proposal and expecting response.

That's wonderful! Praying for favor to be upon you, dear sis!

Beth Lacey
Jul 02
Jul 02

This program contains all the elements to be successful. I wish you much luck.

Keturah Shammah
Jul 08
Jul 08

Dear Beth,
Thanks for the compliment, we are all in this together.

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Jul 06
Jul 06

Dear Ambassador Keturah
This is a wonderful initiative.Keep up and I pray God bless it to grow and impact lives for many women.
Love
Veronica Ngum
Cameroon

Keturah Shammah
Jul 08
Jul 08

Dear Veronica,
Thanks for your prayers and wishes. Hugs!

Natalie Campion
Jul 26
Jul 26

Such a wonderful idea! How is the project developing?