The gender mainstreaming campaign is a project by Inter-Bau Foundation in conjunction with GIZ under the Pink Construction Project to break the gender stereotype that the construction industry is solely for the male gender. To achieve this, the organizations have set up training programs targeted at schools and communities to sensitize them on the various career options in the construction industry and to link trainees with mentors to guide their career choices.
The event held on 9 July 2021 at Soundhope International Muslim Academy, Iyana Ipaja, Lagos State, hosting fourteen (14) private schools within that local government area.
The event lasted approximately two hours thirty minutes. Each student received a Gender Mainstreaming jotter, a branded Inter-Bau/GIZ pen and 191 Careers in Construction pamphlet. The school counselors were not left out as they were participants of the ‘Train the Trainees’ session led by the counselors, where they were upskilled with new techniques in counselling and were given books to back up their knowledge titled Career Guidance Book for Counselors, Careers in Construction and 191 Careers in Construction pamphlets.
The event achieved its aim of sensitizing girls that they can be successful in any field of the construction industry. After the training, a number of them indicated interest in painting, architecture and carpentry and a host of career options.
QUESTIONS ASKED BY THE STUDENTS
Q1: Can I be a commercial or science student and still study construction related courses in the university?
A1: It is very possible. Even if you do not end up choosing to study a construction related course in the university, you can always learn the skills from accredited vocational centers. Your course of study does not pose a problem as long as you know what you want.
Q2: I checked the pamphlet and did not see anything concerning tailoring. Does it mean that tailors are not in the construction sector?
A2: Tailoring is under another sector but tailors also have a role in the construction industry. They are mostly contracted to sew workshop jackets, reflective jackets and overalls for the construction workers and engineers.
Q3: Can I be a professional in two fields?
A3: Yes, you can. To achieve this, you need to learn about both courses. This may be tasking and time consuming but it is achievable if you put your mind to it.