British Airways partners NGO on empowerment of girl-child


British Airways (BA) has donated five desktop computers and  10 laptops to an NGO, Pearl Africa Foundation, to support its GirlsCoding Initiative which is aimed at training  vulnerable young girls.

This is contained in a press statement issued by Tiarhan Oghenejode of, the agency that handles the media activities of BA and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday.

It said that the donation was part of BA’s commitment toward the development of the next generation of leaders.

The statement quoted the airline’s Regional Commercial Manager for West Africa, Kola Olayinka, as saying that the initiative was in line with the company’s vision to empower the younger generation

Olayinka said, “Being in operations globally for a century and in Nigeria for 83years, British Airways is committed to making an impact in communities where it operates.

“We see this as an opportunity to empower the girl-child and encourage her to follow her passion.

“We are committed to helping the next generation of Nigerians with access to resources that will help them be the best they can be and be able to give back to the society in future.”

Olayinka in the statement also applauded Pearl Foundation for the initiative and what it had been able to achieve.

He was also quoted to have encouraged the students learning at the centre to remain steadfast in what they were doing and be open to learning more to achieve a bright future.

The statement said that  GirlsCoding is an intense programme organised for young girls aged between 10 years and 17 years  living in underserved communities in the country.

He added, “The programme aims to train them in computer, robotics and web development skills, with a learning process in basic programming languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Python.’’

According to the statement, the founder of Pearl Foundation and CNN Hero 2018, Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, commended BA for the initiative.

She said: “We want them to have a different lifestyle regardless of their backgrounds and be able to achieve economic independence.

“We believe it is important for young girls to know how to be creators of technology and not just mere users and consumers.

“Over 400 girls have been successfully trained to gain economic independence through technology and become problem solvers in their different communities,” she added.

She said that the foundation was established to promote the cause and advancement of vulnerable girls and women.

She said that it had begun to achieve its set goal by initiating different projects and mentoring opportunities for young girls for the purpose of having economic independence.

Ajayi-Akinfolarin also said that some of the projects solely built by the girls include: Makoko Fresh, an e-commerce platform that connects buyers of seafood to the fishermen who live in Makoko.

She said that they were also into `Break the Blade’, an advocacy tool which aims to sensitise people on the negativity of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

They were also into `Hope Basket’, a project initiated to serve as a middleman who collects from the more fortunate and give such to the less privileged.

She said that GirlsCoding had brought its initiatives to GirlsCoding Makoko, GirlsCoding IDP Camps and GirlsCoding Jos. (NAN)

– July 2, 2019 @ 13:57 GMT |

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