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Gender Digital Inclusion

Last week, I came across this trending tweet on the Nigerian Twitter space. Apparently, this lady, Eniolaoluwa, was an invigilator of JAMB. The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) conducts examinations for tertiary-level institutions in Nigeria for prospective undergraduates. She narrates that most of the students were unable to use the computers provided to take the computer based examinations. It made me wonder, if they can’t, how can they pass the examinations? They may fail and one cannot establish whether it was due to lack of knowledge or inability to use computers. This raises a lot of questions on the side of JAMB using computer based examinations when majority of Nigerian students cannot use computers.

That’s why I am tremendously impressed that Emmanuel Gambari, a YALI RLC Alumnus and a colleague, is promoting digital inclusion especially for women and girls who are neglected in northern Nigeria. He is working towards ensuring that classrooms in this part of the country are equipped with computers for student use. Last week, he trained ICT activists in Bauchi state on the salience of this issue. He will also be hosting a radio talk show to discuss more about women and ICT. Mr. Gambari is an activist who believes in empowering women and girls. In his words, “my duty is to encourage women and girls to take their place in the internet world”.

Emmanuel training a group of young Activists in Bauchi state
A cross section of participants

Personally, I am really glad that this issue is beginning to get traction in Nigeria. For example, I didn’t get to touch a laptop until my final year in the university, that was in 2008. I wish there were activists at that time, who were working on this campaign. To prevent challenges such as those presented by Eniolaoluwa, we need more activists to raise awareness in order to put pressure on the government to do more in the area of ICT in our education system.

Ides Ofune

Ides Ofune is currently a PhD Student at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on civil society and accountability in improving the quality of education. She is the founder of Desert Bloom Initiative and editor of Desert Bloom Advisory. Ides is very passionate about education and creating an inclusive society. She speaks French and English fluently. She can be reached at info@desertbloomadvisory.com

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