The Career, Leadership and Life Skills Program (CLSP) is a 3 to 6 months training program that engages young girls and women that have dropped out of school and are from under-served communities who are not in any income generating activity. The young women are trained in STEM, Entrepreneurship, leadership and Life skills. Working with local community leaders and women, we are increasing these young ladies chances at finding gainful employment or starting a business that is technology enabled.
We require that the young women form a group and identify an income generating activity after acquiring the skills rendered to them. This group also has to create a saving club. After identifying the business, creating a simple business plan, they test the viability of the business by first showing us their ideas at the Skills Exhibition Day and then going into the community where they transact before rolling it out and investing more money into it. The best Ideas are given small loans to carry out the business.
That aside, we also empower the ladies in employ-ability skills and it is our hope that if one is not able to start a business then they can ably get employment and confidently apply the skills that they have acquired.
To this end, we connect the young women to available job opportunities locally and internationally.
Our plan is to advance this course into a diploma in fall of 2019. We are creating the women’s institute of technology and Innovation that will feature blended learning (face to face and an e-learning platform) that the young women will use to access our trainings and not be bound by location. Watch out for more!
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IT runs a 12 week accelerator program and incubation of women who want to be leaders and powerful entrepreneurs with successful businesses within Africa.
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I. STEM EDUCATION FOR GIRLS IN SCHOOL
During school terms, we train girls in primary school from ages of 8-13, working with school teachers to implement computer clubs in these schools and implement a 50/50 policy for computer usage so that girls are not left behind. During holidays every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-12pm.
Every year the code clubs in Secondary schools are launched to provide the students with an opportunity to present their coding projects that they have worked on in the course of the year to their teachers and fellow students. Outstanding code club members are recognized and awarded certificates.
Using the KANO computer kits, we introduce the kids to computer science. The kids are engaged in a creative process of visualization where they are prompted to come up with stories on paper, white board and verbally that they then transform using Scratch. We also use tools like Typing Master to help the children increase their speed of typing while making them familiar with the computer environment. We use Scratch to introduce them to coding at an early age in a fun and egging way.
The goal of this program is to get more children engaged in the STEM environment at an early stage of their lives so that they are inquisitive of the STEM fields as they grow up. Its at this early age that children form opinions about different career options and fields, most times unfortunately STEM is discouraged for girls. Its at this stage that girls decide not to engage in STEM but other fields and all opinions around them as they group up just reinforce this decision.We have found that this training also improves girls ability to think logically, deeply and creatively which contributes to improved learning outcomes in school.
II. SECONDARY CODE GIRLS
This program Engages secondary school girls between the ages of 13-18 by introducing them to computer science through clubs that host teach coding and programming languages such as app inventor, ruby on rails, python and user centered design. Teaching girls how to build applications, games, websites and starting them on a life process of technology passion and desire to build innovations that will impact their communities and their lives.
The essence of this particular program is to teach young girls how to be creative, imaginative and how to share knowledge through team work. In addition, both sections of the club get to have exposure to computer hardware and maintenance, career guidance and mentor-ship from various women in technology. We aim to make these girls fall in love with Technology and their community and close the gender digital divide in Uganda and Africa.
III. CODE GIRLS LEVEL UP
The University Code Girls movement is aimed at training industry relevant tech and employability skills to prepare them for the job market in Uganda. Creating our curriculum after consulting with the local tech industry, we teach young women practical, relevant and employable skills to help them qualify for available tech jobs in the market or create their own tech start ups. We want to increase the number of young women that enter into the tech industry after graduating from higher education institutions.
In addition to the technical skills that the ladies acquire, we offer Career guidance, mentorship, exposure to other short training programs and networking with people already practicing in the field. Internship and job connections through our Digital jobs center.
We welcome any organizations in and out of Uganda that have digital job opportunities to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need female talent, we got it!
What can we do to advance education in Africa where resources are scarce? Use Technology, its sustainable and scalable. Build digital tools that rural and community schools can use to support teachers where there are not enough. Help students understand difficult concepts that their teachers cannot teach. When classroom hours are not enough for teachers to engage students, use technology to encourage self and peer learning. AT WITU we are using technology to build digital tools that will support millions of students access learning material and resources that their schools cannot afford or their teachers cannot teach to improve their learning outcomes.
We in partnership with UNICEF Uganda have built the first 4 digital games to support learners in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, through animation.
For more information on this work, send an email to email@example.com!