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In celebration of the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl on October 11,Intel Corporation expanded its global commitment to furthering education for girls and women. Millions of girls around the world have limited or no access to education. Intel believes that broader access to education for girls and women will significantly speed up social progress and help drive worldwide economic growth.

 

In Africa, Intel visited three schools on the continent to host talks about how important it is for girls to break the cycle of generational poverty and to interact with the girls by hosting a quiz with giveaways. Intel paid visits to St Barnabas Secondary School in Johannesburg, Ruai Girls High School in Nairobi and Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls in Lagos where it invited notable Nigerian women in ICT like Engineer Florence Seriki, Managing Director, Omatek Computers, Ms Oreoluwa Somolu, Executive Director of W.TEC and Mrs Ufuoma Emuophedaro, Publisher,E-business life magazine who took turns to educate and inspire about 200 teenage girls in Junior secondary classes to consider a career in information and communications technology.

 

The message from Joseph Nsengimana, Intel South Africa’s Education lead at the schools, was clear – when a woman is educated and schooled to develop a successful career, many of these very same girls and women will reinvest up to 90 percent of their income back into their communities. “Further, if we were to see 10 percent more girls going to school, the country’s GDP has the potential to increase by three percent.”

 

“Intel has worked for decades to improve education around the world,” says Nsengimana. “If we can close the education gap with girls, we will have transformed their lives and the lives of everyone they touch.”

 

Through access to technology, scholarships and community learning programs, he says Intel’s programmes such as Intel Learn, Intel Teach and Intel Easy Steps provides girls and women with opportunities for quality education and personal growth. Intel’s programmes equip women with the access to the information they need to excel. With a 21st century skill set and a new found level of confidence, girls and women can advance their ideas and personal drive to change their lives.

 

In this increasingly global economy, Intel recognizes that curiosity, critical thinking and a strong foundation in math and science are necessary for tomorrow’s workforce to compete for the high-tech jobs of the 21st century. Over the past decade alone, Intel globally along with the Intel Foundation have invested more than $1 billion, and Intel employees have donated close to three million volunteer hours toward improving education in more than 60 countries.

 

To further celebrating the day, Intel is partnering with 10×10, a global action campaign that seeks to educate and empower girls around the world. Their full-length feature film, “Girl Rising,” 10×10’s is the centre piece of this campaign and reveals the extraordinary stories of real girls tackling nearly impossible odds on the road to education. Scheduled for a March premiere, the documentary amplifies the importance of investing in girls and aims to increase understanding and empathy so people are compelled to take action.

Kenneth Omeruo
Omeruo Ndukaku Kenneth is an Innovation Management expert,the CEO of Emerging Media,a new media company.He is a member of ISPIM - International Society for Professional Innovation Management and the US-Africa chamber of Commerce.He is the Founder of TechTrends Nigeria Blog,Nigeria Innovation Summit and the African Innovation Academy.Kenneth is a highly sought-after Internet Marketing Consultant who has through his seminars, articles, training and consulting, helped many organizations, Individuals, Businesses maximize the Internet for business purposes.Kenneth has also being featured as a guest on the TV show TODAY ON STV Nigeria and on Bloomberg Africa TV.He is the author of the best –selling Internet Book: How To Create Unlimited Internet Wealth. He is a syndicated columnist with the following Newspapers in Nigeria: Daily Independent, Financial Standard, PUNCH, BusinessDay, and Sun.Kenneth organises the EduNet Conference for Universities in Nigeria. Kenneth is a member of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria( ISPON ) Roundtable For Capacity Development in Nigeria,member pre-selection committee for Nigeria at the UN World Summit Awards,a Panelist for Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria(YouWIN)-a Federal government initiative created by the ministry of finance,supported by ministries of Communications Technology,Youth Development,Worldbank and DFID. A 2013 Judge at the Google Cloud Developers Challenge for Sub Saharan Africa.He has been a contributing editor of Nigeria Communications Week,Africa Telecom and IT Business Magazine,ICT Today magazine,M2 magazine.Kenneth has been invited to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum, Oracle Open World Conference USA, Oracle Cloud World Dubai, and GITEX Dubai. He now lives in New York with his family and presently working on an Open Innovation project for Nigeria. You can contact Kenneth through email: (kenneth (at)techtrendsng.com) Facebook:www.facebook.com/Kenneth.omeruo On Twitter:www.twitter.com/kennethomeruo Skpe:Kenneth.Omeruo

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