Welcome to To Blue Sands Academy
We invest in women and girls so that they can have the technological skills to turn their lives and communities around. The participation of women in the Nigerian tech sector is low. In a survey of 93 technology firms by ONE Campaign and the Center for Global Development, only about 30% of businesses were owned by women, mostly concentrated in e-commerce and enterprise solutions.
Of the 93 surveyed tech firms, only six had a woman in a top management position. Worse still, more than one-third of the survey tech firms employed no women at all. This is why we took it upon ourselves to engage young girls in ICT training, connect them to mentors that will guide them through a career path in tech.
The existing gap is commonly linked to negative stereotypes and insufficiency of role models in the tech space, lowering girls’ performance and aspirations with respect to science and technology, according to our findings. This is why at Blue Sands Academy, we give girls and women access to digital training, access to devices, e-library materials], financial literacy skills, economic empowerment, etc. Our strong focus also includes women and girls living with disabilities, poor women and girls living in rural communities. We believe in creating a balance for all women and girls irrespective of their demographics, status, class, cultures, etc.
Our women are trained with digital skills to scale up entrepreneurship. We believe finance and health are two areas that women and those with disabilities can use to become better individuals. In Nigeria today, only a few women/disabled persons have access to some finance like grants, loans etc because most women have this belief that only their male counterparts are entitled to some sort of financial assistance.