“To move forward, you have to give back” – Oprah Winfrey
Our desire to give back to society was enough reason to get us journeying about an hour and 45 minutes to the countryside – location, Akuse; destination, Legacy Girls. It was a team of about 12, playing different roles to make our journey a success. The basic aim of our journey was to introduce the high school ladies to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields to ignite an interest in them before proceeding to the University where they have to take major decisions with regard to their career choices.
Meeting with the staff and students began with a brief icebreaker session around 9:00am in the Assembly Hall. There was a brief introduction of Developers in Vogue (DIV) to the ladies, focusing on the history, mission, and vision of the social enterprise. Following immediately, representatives from DIV, shared their experiences in coding, how their background did not matter in influencing their decision to learn to code, and briefly what benefits they have derived from taking the bold decision to learn to code.
After the general introduction, a practical session was held at the ICT Laboratory where the ladies were divided into two groups for 40 minutes each. They were introduced to the basics of coding, specifically in HTML. This was to give them a general idea as to what coding involves and to sow seeds of curiosity towards ICT for the building of a coding club in the school.
The session ended with a lunch and fun time with the girls at the dining hall characterized by interaction with the ladies, showing videos and playing music. We believe the right seeds have been sown and in very little time, we will see the fruits.
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