Fortune Samuadia, a student of the Government Model Secondary School Maitama Abuja and her team called ‘Neering Divas’ have emerged winner of the 2021 Technovation competition tagged “ Technology and Entrepreneurship for girls”.
Technovation is a global technology entrepreneurship competition that challenges age 10 and 18 to identify a problem in a community and solve it by building a mobile App.
The students at an event put together by Odyssey Educational Foundation in partnership with the United States Embassy in Abuja was to discover and showcase science girl child in public schools .
Mrs Stella Denis,Technovation Regional Ambassador said that the girl child in public schools were under-represented in sciences.
Denis said there was therefore the need to brace to the challenge of solving problems in our immediate communities through developing a mobile App.
She said that the coming together of the technovation girls had been creating solutions to community problems using technology.
“About 4000 girls have participated in Technovation from Nigeria. Nigeria has had two global winners for the past years who created outstanding mobile app and represented the country and Africa in a contest.
“In 2018, team save-A-soul from Regina-pacis secondary, school onitsha developed fake drug detector.
“ This is a mobile app that combats the problem of fake drugs by ascertaining the authenticity of a drug by scanning a barcode on the drug pack,” she said.
She said that the competition featured 155 students from school across the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
She therefore called on the government to help in setting up more digital ICT centers and training for ICT teachers to equip the students in ICT learning.
Meanwhile, Fortune Samuadia, an SS3 student of the Government Model Secondary School, Mairama said she was excited about the programme while looking forward for more engagement in ICT .
She pleaded that coding should be added to the school curriculum to aid the learning of ICT and as well called for funding of the ICT unit in the schools.