Leap² Swahili-Tech Women Innovation Challenge - winner of the pitch competition. Theme: ICT.
Pwani Teknowgalz aims to equip a hundred girls from low social economical background who have just completed high school and who cannot afford affordable website development classes with employable website and digital marketing skills geared to increasing the number of girls pursuing technology.
Having trained high school girls through various technology programs such as Technovation Challenge and Mombasa girls in STEM, girls have developed passion in technology. As a result, after finishing high school,the girls come back to Pwani Teknowgalz to advance their knowledge in technology especially in the software field.
The founder tells: The majority of the girls who come are from low social economical background and unable to pay for the affordable website website development classes at Pwani Teknowgalz which costs $100 per month ,having a background in technology and having interacted with high school girls through various trainings and technology workshops I was inspired to start an online campaign to support 100 girl from low social economical background in Mombasa who have finished high school to gain website development skills and digital marketing.
According to the UNESCO groundbreaking report, only 35% of STEM students in higher education globally are women, and differences are observed within STEM disciplines. For example, only 3% of female students in higher education choose information and communication technologies (ICT) studies. Knowing that technology has profound effects on economic development and globalization,women and girls are less acquainted with the economic and social gain of the full range of opportunities afforded by technology.
For this reason there is need for an inclusive environment where more women are involved in the technology field, with this online campaign I aspire to increase the number of girls pursuing technology in the Mombasa and kenya at large.