@iLabAfrica was among 37 organizations from all over the world that got a grant from Google RISE Awards. These awards are for organizations that;
- 1.Promote Computer Science education.
- 2.Run initiatives that reach girls, underrepresented minorities and students facing socio-economic barriers below the age of 18.
This is in the light that there will be more Computer Science jobs in the near future than the number of Computer Scientists available. Girls tend to shy away from Science subjects as they believe that this is a boy’s subject. The first edition took place during the April holidays.
The Google RISE event – August edition kicked off on 24th August 2015 and ended on 28th August 2015 @iLabAfrica premises, Strathmore University. The week-long event was aimed at exposing young girls between ages 12 to 18 years to the various aspects of Computer Science and also demystify it as an interesting subject. It was also aimed at encouraging them to consider it as a future career choice.
This event was attended by high school girls from 5 different schools namely; John Paul II Secondary School, Kibera, Strait Secondary School Kibera, Starehe Girls’ School and Centre, Loreto Convent Valley Road and Kianda School. Several topics were covered during this training including; basic coding, Internet Security and Safety, Entrepreneurship and multimedia and design. The afternoons were designed for mentorship sessions with various speakers from the I.T industry where the girls had one on one sessions and got their questions answered.
At the end of the course, the girls could write their own code and come up with their own games, blogs and also communicate effectively. Most of the girls said that this experience helped them appreciate Computer Science and would consider taking it up as a future career choice. The event ended with an award ceremony where all the girls were presented with Certificates of participation and “Swag” from Google Kenya team. The girls who showed outstanding performance in their classes were also awarded with various gifts.
The next Boot-camp will take place during December Holidays.
Check out phởtos of these event here
The trainers in this program included: Tracy Weru, Peter Nyambura, Delphine Bheny, Margaret Njengaa, Lorna Mutegi, Tabitha Mberi,