According to information from the Ministry of Education, about 76 million adults—or 38% of the total 200 million people—were illiterate as of September 2021. However, Goodluck Opiah, Minister of State for Education, said that the number has decreased despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects during the cabinet briefing to commemorate International Literacy Day in 2022.

According to him, the country’s current illiteracy rate is 31%, which represents a considerable drop from prior years and is 7% lower than 2015 figures, which put the figure at 38%. He also stated that the 2022 International Literacy Day’s subject, “Transforming literacy learning environments; exploring opportunities and possibilities,” presents a chance to reconsider the fundamental significance of literacy in building strength and guaranteeing quality, impartial, and comprehensive schooling for all.

Celebrating Literacy Day

Literacy is a driving force for sustainable development. According to Alberta Education, literacy is the capacity, assurance, and willingness to use language to understand, create, and express meaning in all facets of daily life. The concept of language as a socially and culturally produced form of communication is explained. There is a connection between literacy and development, but our current literacy level is insufficient to support the desired degree of growth.

The subject for International Literacy Day 2022, according to UNESCO

United Nations Educational Scientific, and Cultural Organization as “Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces”, mentioned that the theme aims to present chances to reconsider the fundamental significance of literate learning environments in order to foster resilience and guarantee high-quality, equitable, and inclusive education for all.

Looking at Learning Spaces also known as a Knowledge Space, is a dedicated venue (real or virtual) purposely constructed by the instructor where learners are welcomed to congregate and engage in knowledge development. The instructor proposes and encourages learners to develop their own unique learning environment for optimal learning through its design and affordances.

By altering literate learning environments, fair learning is ensured for all people, regardless of their backgrounds, gender, language diversity, disabilities, or geographic location. Literacy and numeracy rates will rise, learning outcomes will improve, and everyone will be prepared to take advantage of equal possibilities.

Adoption of our immediate surroundings as a platform for teaching and learning might demonstrate awareness and acceptance of unusual literacy learning venues. These environments can help students become literate in both indigenous languages and English. Literacy acquisition opportunities abound, and treating them as such is critical.

LBF as a Learning Space

Learn by Building Foundation aims to contribute its quota to reducing illiteracy in the surrounding local communities, as it stifles development and progress.

The foundation’s mission is to drive STEM solutions and innovation by connecting, inspiring, and engaging young people in our communities to use STEM to generate the change we need as a nation.

We are committed to engaging young people and communities, inspiring them on how they can transform their society, and then providing them with programs and events that equip them with STEAM technical and soft skills they can use to create change for their own lives, families, and communities. As a result of these Youths, adults and younger generations are exposed to innovative projects, exploring renewable energy to recreating technologies.

These strategies aim to increase literacy globally, with a focus on kids and adults, promote female education, and lessen instances of gender inequality, utilizing educational technology to foster a proactive and engaged learning environment.

It is important to realize that literacy is more than just a tool for education; it also serves as a potent weapon against poverty and a powerful engine for social and human advancement.



Every Youth is indeed valid as they prove to be the major initiator and implementor of changes bringing about the development of a Society and Country at large.

No wonder, Kailash Satyarthi, in his words had said, “The power of youth is the common wealth for the entire world. The faces of young people are the faces of our past, our present, and our future. No segment in the society can match with the power, idealism, enthusiasm, and courage of the young people.”

Each year a theme is chosen to draw attention to a particular issue for youth such as the high unemployment rate, poor working conditions, and marginalization from decision-making process.

The theme for International Youth Day 2022 is “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All ages”, and solidarity across generations is key for sustainable development.

The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of the potential of young people for bringing peace and change to the world. Worthy of noting, is a need for this day because alot of youth in the world are struggling with issues ranging from unemployment challenges to the poor education sector, which needs to be addressed.

The reason of which, even as we celebrate the International Youth Day, we should also look into the importance of investing greatly into the minds of our Youth using STEM.

Youths and STEM

STEM is critical in the world as we know it today because the global economy is dependent on it, it’s more than coding and lab coats. It’s the center of manufacturing, food production, health care, and a lot of what we take for granted, but can’t live without. People wonder if it’s so important, why do we need to go on about it? Why do you need to write about it all of the time?

STEM education goes beyond school subjects. It gives a skill set that governs the way we think and behave. Merging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, STEM education helps youth to solve the challenges the world faces today. In a world that is becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but also by what you can do with the knowledge, it is imperative for youths to be equipped with skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information.

The STEM approach to education fosters creativity and divergent thinking alongside fundamental disciplines. It motivates and inspires young people to generate new technologies and ideas. In terms of social awareness, there is a high demand for STEM skills in society.

STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy. This innovation and science literacy depends on a solid knowledge base in the STEM areas.

Stem education causes youth to persevere and strive towards excellence, think more creatively and encourages critical thinking amidst youths. Through STEM education youths are encouraged to experiment and learn to worth with technology. Alongside this STEM career creates great opportunities arming youths with Innovative skills

 Diogenes had said, “The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.”

To the youths, “Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” – Nelson Mandela.

Design Thinking

Design thinking is not limited to just tech skills, it goes beyond that. In the Shetech’s project, we train girls to have soft skills; skills that can sell and make them independent; skills they can use to impact their communities, societies and globe at large.


  1. Cohort 2
  2. Cohort 3

Cohort 2 (positive impact)

Eileen Brewer (Tech mentor Silicon Valley Austin)

Eileen Brewer had a session with the girls, where she talked about the processes of design thinking.







Empathy, stood out for most of the girls it also suggests having people in mind while thinking of designs.

To define means to state the problem.

Ideate:  creating solutions that fits an environment within and without, has to do with creating designs that has the potentials of transforming the lives of people and nations.

Prototype: and earlier model or concept, which led to the success of a design, should not in any way be neglected.

Taste: one needs to have personal concepts, that gives quality, the taste of persons to which this designs will finally reached, should be kept in view also.


Nigerians and Africans can create solutions to problems, which pertains to us because it creates diversity in humanity.

In essence, design thinking pushes one to discover the potentials hidden in them.   


The Shetechs Second Cohort created solutions using Tech and soft skills they had learnt from the training they received, We started with coming 2hours,four days a week,to 2hours 5 days a week, to 5-7 hours five days a week, the last week was 6days.

Solutions range from teams on track 1:web solution, like Skill acquisition website for idle young people ,Nutrition and dieting website for Diabetic patients, Health and Hygiene website etc. lead trainer ;Mrs Chioma Chukwu,

Solutions from teams on track 2: Embedded system solution using arduino: A fire detector alarm system and a smart waste bin. Lead trainer :David Agbemuko and Gideon Oloyede

Kudos project staff lead by Project Manager Mrs Faith Ezedi Onarinde, and Mr Iddy Peters, Blessing ,David, Collins ,Hannatu, setting everything in motion.

Kudos to our judges Mrs Ify and Mrs Beni of Computer Department Fed. Poly Bauchi, Mr Nicholas of Leadtots Bauchi.

Thanks to Eileen Brewer who took the girls on Design thinking and Adelaja Gift who took them on Pitching.

I cant forget Mr Kusko Moses and Mr Tameshi Titus from Young Leaders Network. thanks for your support.

Thanks to everyone who supported or is supporting the project.


The Shetechs project cohort2 began 20th July 2021 with girls between the ages of 13-22. We had girls from 4 secondary schools in Bauchi namely; Love Paradise Academy, Harmony High School, Gwallameji Junior Secondary School, Divine International Academy.


The girls were given an overview on the current status of woman& girls in technology. They were told the reason why more women are needed in the tech field; Tech reflects who creates it and women are needed to be part of creators in tech, so we will not be left out of the decision table


Shetechs Project Week 4

Bootstrap was introduced to the girls. The girls were taught how to embed bootstrap to the HTML page. It was an amazing experience for the girls. They were introduced into Bootstrap classes which were text class, background color class, padding class, margin class and alert class. They also did some exciting exercises which showed them a lot about the web. Kudos to the trainer, Adebisi Covenant and thanks to our Sponsor Development Exchange Centre (DEC)

SheTech Web development week three classes continued!!!

SheTechs web development week three classes continued on html tags specifically lists i.e. ordered and unordered list. Forms were also introduced to the participant with all kinds of input such as text, number, email, data file etc. CSS was also introduced, the selector attribute and how they operates. HTML & CSS has been running for two weeks because of how bulky the topic is and was rounded up. participant had their first project practice on the topic and created their First sign up page. It was an exciting moment for everyone because they all performed well.

update on web development

Learning was a continuation of Day 1 of session 1 which was introduction to web development i.e. what a website is and its attributes. then introduction to HTML as the language to be used for coding session. The HTML attributes were introduce and the girls were excited to write their own code by doing classwork. They were ask to create a HTML code using all the attributes they were taught for the day like the(<h>,</h>) for heading, (<p>,</p>) for paragraph ,the <a>,</a> for linking and grouping of content, and creating of tables using (<tr>,<th>,<td>) e.t.c.


The learn by building foundation(lbf) “SHETECH PROJECT” was launched on the 4th may, 2021 the project so far has been an exciting training, the girls have shown sign of curiosity and eagerness to learn

The trainers and trainees of the SheTechs project had the chance to introduce themselves and has little discussions about the project and what it was all about. The girls who were not very familiar with Computer basics, were given opportunity to know the basics of what a computer is? Its component, operating system, how to create a folder, how to use Microsoft word, power point and more. Because we realize some applicants do not have any idea on how to operate any of these. They went further to introduce them to the internet because most of what they will be training on is relative to the internet.

The participant (girls) were able to grasp rapidly every basics that was taught, and with these positivity, we dived into dividing the applicants into two categories of the project which is “WEB DEVELOPMENT” AND “EMBEDDED SYSTEM” depending on what they selected. Follow here and on our social media handles for updates on this project

Our NEW After School STEAM Club

Exciting announcement of the our long awaited STEaM club. Curious learners will have the opportunity to learn in a fun way whether as individuals or teams in the club.

The club will begin with two key areas namely:

  • Coding
    1. Introduction to programming
    2. HTML/CSS
    3. PYTHON
    4. PHP
    5. MYSQL
  • Embedded systems
    1. Basic electronics
    2. smart electronics
    3. coding in embedded systems