GIRL CODE AFRICA
"Science is not a boy's game, it's not a girl's game. It's everyone's game. It's about where we are and where we're going."
It's no surprise some Women still feel the Tech World belongs to Men. For most girls in Nigeria, coding ends in school. The need to bridge the gender gap and encourage more women into STEM gave birth to this project.
Technology is an essential skill required to survive in the 21st Century. The system of education in Nigeria does not incorporate technology and creativity which are not mutually exclusive at the early stage of education. When compared to our contemporaries in developed countries, we are far behind.
Girl Code Africa is a free summer programming class for young girls. They will be taught by experienced facilitators for a period of three weeks with a possibility of continuity so as to sustain the learning process.
Our plan is to provide each of them with computers, internet and a conducive facility. We hope to establish a partnership that will continue the learning process with them after the summer class so as to ensure the knowledge learnt is sustained.
We did a pilot training last year for three days and it worked with impact reach on 80 teens. In 2018, we are extending it to two weeks with proposed impact reach on 100 women.
The program has three phases - The Beginner, Intermediary, and Expert Level.
The Beginner level is where training begins and goes on for 3 weeks. The ladies are introduced to the rudiments of coding.
The Intermediary level is where the ladies can write code independently.
The Expert Level is the stage where the girls create viable tech driven products with the potential to solve societal needs.
The need to bridge the gender gap and encourage more women into STEM gave birth to this project.