More needs to be done to ensure young girls have access to STEAM at a young age. The Connected African Girls, coding camp, will provide the necessary technology education and skills to young women and girls to promote Africa's integration, generate inclusive economic growth, stimulate job creation, break the digital divide, and eradicate poverty for the continent’s socio-economic development and ensure Africa’s ownership of modern tools of digital management.
It is expected that the coding camp will accomplish the following:
- Empower learners with technical and soft skills so that they can thrive in an ever-evolving digital technology industry (knowledge and skills for digital literacy, coding and personal development skills);
- Provide the right foundation to find long-term success in employment, entrepreneurship or further education.;
- Create an environment that builds meaningful partnership for improvement to inspire, meaningful partnerships, establish synergies, build confidence. (build network, woman empower;
- Promote entrepreneurship through digital technology (encourage leadership and confidence;
- Promote access to ICT.
For two weeks, the Connected African Girls, Coding Camp will be exclusively dedicated to Africa’s girls and young women aged between 12yrs to 25yrs. The camp aims to bring together 200 girls to the Yaoundé, Cameroon innovation camp, and 100 girls to the Brazzaville, Congo innovation camp. Simultaneously, the training program would be streamed to allow girls from the rest of Africa to join and participate virtually. To be more inclusive the training content would be bilingual (both in French and English).