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Facebook Partners W.TEC For 2017 Safer Internet Day

The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) in conjunction with Facebook, marked 2017 Safer Internet Day recently at Reagan Memorial Baptist Girls School, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria.

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally every February to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology – including the Internet – for children and young people and inspire conversations about its use for community and self-empowerment

Facebook partnered with some public sector agencies and non-governmental organisations from Nigeria and across Africa – of which, W.TEC was one – under the rallying call “Be the change: Unite for a better Internet ” for the Safer Internet Day is making the internet, safer for the youth.

On Friday, February 10, W.TEC and Facebook hosted a day of workshops and fun activities for the students of Reagan Memorial, Aje Junior High School, Lagos City Model College and Wesley Girls Senior Secondary School, all in the Sabo-Yaba area of Lagos State. Through a series of fun and interactive workshops, the students learnt innovative ways of using the Internet safely.

Students of host school – Reagan Memorial Baptist Girls Secondary School write their
suggestions, on how to make the internet safer which they were to paste on the Safer
Internet Dream Board behind them for all to read.

The fun-filled programme involved two major activities:

1. Writing and posting on the Safer Internet Dream Board on ways they believe the Internet could be made safer.
2. A workshop for the students and teachers

The universal theme for 2017 Safer Internet Day is ”Be the Change: Unite for a Better Internet”. This resonates with the Federal Government of Nigeria’s national orientation campaign ”The change begins with me” is in line with this theme.
The Principal is quoted as saying that “the programme is indeed very nice as the children need regular information for online safety.”

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