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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Young Geeky African Girls Learn Coding

Young Geeky African Girls Learn Coding

Be a computer science role model or support one.

Achievers Ghana is a unique coding class for girls in the shantytowns of Nima Ghana. Tech needs girls and young geeky African girls learning to code helps them to reach their full potential and bring change to their community.

Tech needs girls and young geeky African girls learning coding helps them to reach their full potential and bring change to their community.
Young Geeky African Girls Learning Coding

Tech Needs African Girls

We really need to watch our own unconscious bias on how we treat boys and girls in terms of their abilities to build and create. The lack of black women and girls in computer science is a well-documented problem. Before anything, you need to understand the systemic obstacles preventing girls from getting into coding. Both a culture that persistently ignores and discourages girls' abilities in computer science and the lack of access to tools and education play influential roles.

Founded and run by Ghanaians, Achievers Ghana started with a smart young girl Amina, who lives in the Accra slum of Nima and, despite excelling at school, she was forced into marriage at the age of 12. In 2011, she co-founded the Achievers Ghana to help prevent similar situations.

The Achievers Ghana originally set up as a reading club to help mobilize young girls and to educate them on their rights, now has activities that go well beyond just reading. 

Black Girls Code Black Girls Rock

If African girls cannot see themselves in the coding professions they are not going to choose to pursue a career track in math and science. If you girls enter a classroom and see 30 boys and 2 girls, they automatically think they are in the wrong place and not welcomed. Addressing the issue of girls and coding in your community does not require you to start your own nonprofit or advocacy organization. In fact, you can start very small, like choosing to empower a girl you know.

Regina Agyare, who travels to Nima  every week to teach 
Nima’s children how to code thought the lesson was a one-shot deal as part of her mentorship initiative Tech Needs Girls however, the students yearning for knowledge kept her coming back to teach week after week.

Nearly two years after her first visit, Agyare's coding class is popular with girls and boys.  She has set up a mentoring scheme as part of Tech Needs Girls, recruiting and training women in colleges and universities to act as role models for her younger students in Nima.

Did you know

Nima is a residential town in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. The town is widely held as one of the most impoverished areas in Accra, Ghana as well as one of many Zongo communities in Africa. Zongo communities are defined as traveler’s camp or stop-over in the Hausa language. Zongo was used by British Colonializes to define the areas in which Muslims lived.

Africa has some of the world’s most glaring education inequalities. All too often, children who are born poor, female, or in rural or conflict-affected regions, face extreme disadvantage in education. 

Many of the children in school are receiving an education of such poor quality that they are learning very little. More than 600 million Africans still do not have access to electricity, and the number is set to grow in the coming years since by 2050 more than one in four people on our planet will be African. 

 "Africa’s future is in the hands of women. Equal education for girls, at all three education levels, is the critical issue” - Olusegun Obasanjo

A unique coding class for girls in the slums of Nima Ghana brings the dream of a future tech job to African girl’s one-step closer to reality.
Tech Needs Girls. Photo credit BBC. 

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