With a growing economy, an inclusive workforce is an urgent priority for Nigeria. Women and youth have been left out of the growth at a disproportionate rate, increasing inequality. To remedy this, Beyond Access is building a coalition of partners in Nigeria to help women and youth gain the 21st century digital skills they need to succeed. These partners will be working with public libraries in two ways. First, Beyond Access and the Librarians Registration Council of Nigeria will provide training opportunities for Nigerian librarians to develop ICT and other skills needed to create a modern library. Second, Beyond Access is working with five Nigerian NGOs to conduct workforce development training programs in libraries across Nigeria:
- Youth for Technology Foundation: Build digital literacy and leadership skills among youth in Anambra State
- Centre for Information Technology and Development: Develop conflict management skills, improve ICT skills, and increase access to the internet to support enterpreneurship in Jigawa State
- High Tech Centre for Nigerian Women and Youths: Support leadership development and ICT skills for women and youth in Abuja
- Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre: Expand Girls Technology Clubs to support women in ICT-related jobs in Lagos
- Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development: Increase enterpreneurial and ICT skills among youth in Kaduna and FCT States to ensure youth are ready to start careers
These activities will create a more inclusive workforce, targeting women and youth who are often left out of these initiatives. Beyond Access will work with the Universal Service Provision Fund and the National Information Technology Development Agency to increase support to public libraries so these trainings can be nationally available, ensuring all Nigerians have access to the skills they need to compete in a 21st century economy.