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Providing Digital Skills to Women and Girls at Wavecrest College of Hospitality in Lagos, Nigeria

Wavecrest College of Hospitality in Nigeria

Introducing Project Digital Futures

Project Digital Futures, supported by IDP Connect, aims to empower Wavecrest College of Hospitality and its students by providing the digital skills necessary for graduates to thrive in the 21st century work environment, and to break these students free from the cycle of poverty.

Why Invest in Digital Skills and Literacy Training in Nigeria?

Since 2013, WONDER has been working in Nigeria to support women and girls to reach their potential and to find employment in order to exit poverty. With half of its population under 19 years, Nigeria has one of the largest youth populations in the world. Impoverished young women in Nigeria face barriers to education and employment such as gender norms, lack of means and cultural expectations. These typically expose young women to violence, early marriage, pregnancy, and exploitation in the informal labour market.

With fewer possibilities to access technology, women face digital exclusion which limits their access to education, information, and equal opportunities to participate in an increasingly digital society.

Recognising IT skills as essential to many sectors, digital literacy may be a way to help women exit poverty. However, access to technology must also be accompanied by mentorship and encouragement to develop these digital skills. 

What WONDER Aims to Achieve with Project Digital Futures

As a one-year initiative, Project Digital Futures, in partnership with Wavecrest College of Hospitality, aims to empower 250 Nigerian women who are living in extreme poverty in Lagos. The project will adopt a person-centred approach to enhancing students’ digital skills with the aim of improving their sense of self, income potential and confidence. This will be done by enhancing the students’ digital skills and better opportunities in hospitality and tourism.

The project will provide Wavecrest with software and technology, such as smart screens, webcams, and computers, as well as introduce a mentoring scheme to address the causes of poverty and aid the integration of its students. 10 teachers will also be given digital literacy training, enabling them to incorporate digital tools into their curriculum and train other teachers.

Presently, Wavecrest have hired and appointed the staff members that are going to deliver the project; started purchasing the equipment needed; and developed and finalised the staff training and digital skills curriculum.

Expected Outcomes

It is expected that through Project Digital Futures, 250 young women will increase their employability, confidence, and aspirations through the mentoring programme. These young women will also receive career advice, linking them with internship opportunities – 90% of these internships result in young women being offered immediate employment.

Author: Emily Gander