Mastercard has introduced the Girls4Tech programme in Africa. The company is working to empower young girls in Africa with Girls4Tech. The Girls4Tech programme was launched in South Africa (both Johannesburg and Cape Town), as well as Kenya, (Nairobi) and Nigeria (Lagos). Mastercard will offer workshops managed by volunteers from Mastercard, focused on sparking interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and also broadening their view of the future. Women remain a minority in STEM-related careers, making it more critical to reach young girls early. Mastercard President and CEO, Ajay Banga highlighted in a Women of the World Conference that if half the world’s population is unable to find the right opportunity to succeed, how can the world keep growing?
Moringa School, a software developer accelerator based in Nairobi, Kenya, has launched a women’s boot camp program with a 50% subsidy in November 2017 to help it graduate over 100 women. The program will also help test the effectiveness of coding boot camps on women’s outcomes. Dubbed Moringa Prep, the boot camps are targeted at students who want access to world-class coding content. On her part, Moringa CEO, Audrey Cheng said they have been testing and iterating their content and education model for the last 3 years and are excited to push more for diversity so that more women can access their high quality education and outcomes program. Photo Credits: On one hand the subsidy is a great initiative as i
The current discussion of Africa’s heralded economic growth and rise as a world power is leading to increased optimism and self-confidence on the continent. As more African students become interested in dynamic careers that require skills that apply Science Technology Engineering and Math, African nations have begun to accept the growing STEM educational opportunities that men and women are providing in their respective nations. STEM are applied educational initiatives that have a foundation in the scientific models, but integrate hands-on learning, team work, building leadership skills and incorporate higher order and critical thinking skills. The more African’s are involved in STEM the more they can assure they will have a stake in how their nations and continent are growing and in
Go ahead and imagine a computer geek. You probably picture a male nerd, glued to his computer and lost in a world of bits and bytes. You might envision a budding Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg, but probably not a girl. Well, you are probably right. Girls are particularly marginalized and underprivileged in Africa. They are faced with lack of opportunity due to common preconceived notions that either they are incapable, or, it is not their place to do anything different. However, there are millions of girls across Africa who are bright, intelligent, and hungry to learn. There are also several tech hubs and programs that have sprouted allover the continent to put this tech brains into use. Miss.Africa Digital - Kenya This is the first Pan-African program for women in technolo
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce is crucial to Africa’s innovative capacity and global competitiveness. Yet women are still vastly underrepresented in STEM jobs and among STEM degree holders. This leaves an untapped opportunity to expand STEM employment in the Africa, even as there is wide agreement that more must be done to improve its competitiveness. In a #SheAppsAfrica Pan-African campaign for year 2017/2018, the pioneering Miss.Africa Digital program has joined the workforce once again by mobilizing the third Round of Miss.Africa Seed Funding for Tech initiatives throughout Africa. Miss.Africa Digital program being the first Pan-African program for women in technology, has focused all its efforts in targeting female youth audiences, to increase thei