World Bank to Train 17,000 Girls on Digital Literacy in Katsina

The World Bank, through its Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) project, has unveiled its plans to train 17,000 secondary school girls on digital literacy in Katsina State.

The State Coordinator of AGILE, Mustapha Shehu, who made this known on Sunday during the weekly training of 21 student leaders on AGILE project at the Family Support School in Katsina metropolis, said the beneficiaries will be selected across the 34 local governments in the state.

Shehu disclosed that 90 per cent of the targeted beneficiaries of the AGILE project are the rural communities and the training would enable the students to have all skills in digital literacy in order to search for e-library materials that will improve their learning skills.

According to him, the World Bank, through the AGILE project, had doled out school improvement grants of $8,000, $12,000 and $16,000 respectively to 578 schools across the state as part of efforts to revamp and sustain the education sector.

“Our plan is to train 17,000 girls on digital literacy in Katsina State. So, we identified 21 girls within secondary schools in Katsina town and we are going to train them for two weeks during this holiday so that we can see the kind of experience they will have.

“It will help us to plan for the remaining 17,000. So, we trained them on graphics design; all of them can design invitation cards, wedding and even identification cards within these two weeks. They are called students’ leaders on AGILE project.

“Once students have all skills in digital literacy, they will have more skills to search for content to read because even if they don’t have physical books they can access e-library books which will improve their learning outcomes,” he emphasized.

The project coordinator applauded the state government for giving the project officials an enabling environment to operate without any interference.

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