Abie Award Winners, Change Agent

Halima Ibrahim

2009 Winner of the Change Agent ABIE Award

Halima Ibrahim is the Director of Mu’assassatul Mar’aatus Saliha Women’s Skill Acquisition Centre. The center provides ICT & Handcrafts Skills Training for underprivileged women. Halima Ibrahim has worked as a teacher for 23 years under the Ministry of Education Bauchi State, Federal Republic of Nigeria while pursuing her passion to aid young girls and women in handcrafts skills acquisition training programs. She participated in Microsoft’s “Unlimited Potential Programs” via the Professor Iya Abubakar Community Resource Center’s partnership with Microsoft.

She has since single handedly driven change in Bauchi and other communities in the North East of Nigeria by empowering underprivileged women and girls. Her initiative, the Mu’assassatul Acquisition Centre, is the biggest initiative that has emerged from the Community Technology Skills Program in Nigeria over the last three years. It has so far empowered over a 1000 other women in ICT and Handcraft skills whilst fostering local innovation and creating jobs and opportunities for people. This is despite challenges centered around funding, power and infrastructure.

These women have been motivated and equipped with knowledge that has made most of them financially stable and independent from the comfort of their homes in their seclusion status. The rate of divorce amongst this group of women has reduced due to the economic empowerment of women because they now have more value in their homes. Through her Adult Literacy classes and the Islamiyya School, adults and children are being equipped to ensure that their lives are improved with the use of technology and other resources. Support systems have emerged, where women can count on groups to provide assistance in times of need. Women now have a stronger voice because they are aware of the values and what they bring to the table.

In addition her work is helping to preserve and export their culture as they are working toward uploading local recipes for the world to copy. Most importantly, the socio-economic status of the community has changed.

Halima has a National Certificate for Education (NCE) from the College Of Education Azare, Bauchi State.