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?
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
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
Sub-Saharan Africa has a youthful population, with 70% of it under the age of 30. However, unemployment is high amongst the youth. The African nations believe that addressing the digital and economic challenges could be done through the strengthening of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education on the continent. This will help prepare the continent’s young generation for ‘future jobs,’ and to fully leverage opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This will help prepare the continent’s young generation for ‘future jobs,’ and to fully leverage opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Several non-government organizations, governments, and companies are playing their part in making sure that the AU’s Agenda 2063, popularl
The gender divide in technology is getting better, but there’s still room to make it easier and to create a better norm for future generations of women. Women are under-represented in science, technology engineering and maths (STEM) fields in Australia and the federal government is pouring $3.9m to tackle the issue, awarding funding to 24 organizations across the country. The development of world-class talent in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is critical to global leadership and development. Supporting women STEM students and researchers is not only an essential part of a country’s strategy to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world but also important to women themselves. Women in STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than those in