Bridging the Gender Gap in Business and Technology
In a groundbreaking initiative, the Kano State Agency for Mass Education has successfully concluded its Beta Women Entrepreneurship Program, leaving a lasting impact on 36 female participants who underwent an intensive Computer Business Application course. The program, running from January 25th to March 8th, 2017, aimed to empower women with essential ICT skills, fostering a new wave of female entrepreneurs in Kano State.
Paving the Way for Success
The success of the program is attributed to the unwavering support of the Kano State Agency for Mass Education and the commitment of the facilitators, including certified ICT trainers with extensive experience in enterprise development, project management, and training.
The program, part of the Business Entrepreneurial Technology Advocates (BETA) Women Entrepreneurship Program, focused on equipping participants with skills ranging from computer applications to entrepreneurship, creating a comprehensive foundation for success in the digital age.
Facilitators and Participants: A Recipe for Success
Led by prominent facilitators such as Mrs. Florence Benedict Hariy, Mr. Jimmoh Tiamiyu, Mr. Bakori Abdulrasheed Bala Olakunle Salvador, Mr. Badamasi Aliyu, and Mr. Jafaru Dahiru, the program attracted 36 enthusiastic female participants carefully selected by the Kano State Agency for Mass Education.
Participants not only received theoretical knowledge but also practical insights into word processing, spreadsheet applications, and database management. The four-week program included modules on innovation, entrepreneurship, and the strategic use of ICT tools for business growth.
Impactful Learning Experience: From Novices to Tech-Savvy Entrepreneurs
The program’s success was evident as participants progressed from basic computer operations to mastering advanced applications. Mr. Bakori Abdulrasheed Bala popularly called Life Coach Babo, the training coordinator, used engaging digital slides and interactive sessions to enhance the learning experience.
By the end of the program, participants developed proficiency in various ICT tools, created personal and organizational visions, and demonstrated their ability to apply technology for improved efficiency in both personal and professional capacities.
Feedback and Recommendations: Aiming for Continuous Improvement
The overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants highlighted the program’s richness in content and its transformative impact on their lives. Recommendations from Beta Women Entrepreneurship Program (BETA-WEP) underscore the need for improved training facilities, adequate computers, and continuous power supply to enhance future programs.
Future Initiatives: Building on Success
Looking ahead, BETA-WEP is gearing up for the second batch of the Women Entrepreneurship Program scheduled to commence on April 17, 2017. The organization seeks official endorsement from the Kano State Agency for Mass Education and aims to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for smoother collaboration.
Additionally, BETA-WEP proposes post-training monitoring and evaluation, encouraging participants to actively engage in roles involving computer applications to ensure sustained growth and development within their organizations.
Conclusion: Transformative Impact and a Digital Future
The success of the Beta Women Entrepreneurship Program stands as a testament to the transformative power of education and technology. Participants, grateful for the opportunity provided by the Kano State Agency for Mass Education, express their commitment to utilizing their newfound skills for the success of their businesses and communities.
In a world where digital literacy is key, Kano State is pioneering efforts to bridge the gender gap and empower women to thrive in the dynamic landscape of business and technology. The Beta Women Entrepreneurship Program serves as a beacon, illuminating the path to a brighter, more digitally inclusive future for women in Kano State.