Taking Technology to Girls in the Zongo Communities
Young African Leaders’ Initiative (YALI) in collaboration with Developers in Vogue organized a Digital Skills for Africa Training at the Asawasi Training Centre, Kumasi. The training which was dubbed ‘Zongo Girls in Tech’ brought together about 50 participants in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. This was under the Google Digital Skills For Africa Initiative.
The ladies were trained in the following topics: the impact of technology in our lives today, the opportunities available in using digital skills, digital marketing and an introduction to web development.
The training was geared towards getting more females in tech and also widening the knowledge of the use of digital skills in Africa as a whole.
As per the status quo, in most institution and organizations, we find out that just a few ladies are willing to take up computing and even the few who do, do not get the necessary help and assistance to make it to the top. Due to this, Ghana has been saddled with lack of female ‘techies’. Hence, there is the need to train our females and as such the Zongo girl also deserves to be a Woman in Tech.
The ladies fully participated by asking and contributing answers during the session. The trainers, Martha and Stephanie also taught the students who had some business ideas at hand how to effectively advertise them to reach out to more people.
The young ladies were very impressed after Stephanie showed them one of the websites she created after going through some training during the first boot camp organized by Developers in Vogue. They showed interest in becoming web developers and wished frequent training could be held for them in their various schools.
We reached out to girls in the Zongo community of Kumasi and shared with them opportunities available online.
— Developers in Vogue (@devinvogue) October 3, 2017