Technology is said to be best when it brings people together which is why Africa Agility is committed to bringing together girls with little or no knowledge of tech for a life transformation program – Girls In Tech Initiative. Beyond life transformation, the Girls In Tech Initiative is a 3-way pronged initiative where young girls from different backgrounds and disciplines are transformed from ordinary to extraordinary which alternatively helps in closing the gender gap and reducing the unemployment rate in Africa. They envision a society where all young girls have access to the education, opportunities, skills, and resources needed to achieve their ultimate socioeconomic potential. With this in mind, Girls In Tech – It’s Bigger Than Coding Initiative becomes a crucial step in the right direction towards achieving this vision. Not only are they focused and committed to this vision, but they are also aiming to equip 1,000,000 female youths by 2030. Since the inception of the initiative in November 2020, thousands of girls have been equipped with digital skills.
The Innovative Approach
The Girls in Tech Initiative consists of three approaches.
The Learn – The virtual self-paced program, the virtual instructor-led Bootcamp and the in-person Bootcamp.
The Lean – Three-month project-based mentorship opportunities from industry experts.
The Leap – Job placement or entrepreneurship path.
This initiative was put together by Africa Agility, a nonprofit organization powering real impact in Africa in collaboration with Impact Lagos and Eko Innovation Centre over the past year. At Africa Agility, they envisioned building a smarter generation of leaders who will take Africa towards the superhighway of progress to a continent that can innovate faster than any other continent in the world. Having said so, they invest in the growth of the girl child greatly through their flagship Bootcamp, Girls In Tech. Interestingly, Africa Agility is on a mission to help the African girls pursue their passion, increasing their earning power while nurturing their growth in the tech industry.
The Bootcamp Experience
The Bootcamp, Girls In Tech is the main flagship of the Girls in Tech Initiative which is aimed at rewriting the narratives through the creation of transformational stories and impact with real-life experience. Bootcamp is specifically designed to empower young girls with top and relevant industry demanded skills in core tech domains like Web Development, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, UX/UI, Digital Marketing, Product Development etc. Beyond these core tech skills, the girls are also trained to be job-ready upon graduation as they get to learn other soft skills that are required in the job space. Their differentiating factor is, their girls get to become Certified Scrum Masters from Scrum Alliance – the first and leading Agile organization in the world within this short period; now that defines intensive. All of these approaches sum up together helps in further exposing the girls to global opportunities and careers in the tech space beyond the corners of Africa. The Girls In Tech Bootcamp not only exposes the girls to these skills but goes way beyond skills training to helping kickstart, build and grow a successful career in the tech ecosystem. It’s important to note that being a part of this Bootcamp automatically qualifies the girls to become a part of a global tech community by Africa Agility where they get job placement and internship opportunities after successful completion of the mentorship program.
The Road Ahead
Powering this real-life transformational experience and story is a team of impact and change-makers carefully brought together by Africa Agility as tutors for the different learning tracks available on the Bootcamp.
Interestingly, the participants of the Bootcamp also have fast and direct access to these tutors who are drawn from different specialities in tech with strong knowledge and influence and career records. They get first-hand mentorship from the founder, Aanu Gopald and other top industry icons within the Africa Agility network. Opportunities like this come once in a lifetime. You can visit their website to learn more about them, the Bootcamp and other tech programs and how you can be a part of it as an undergraduate or fresh graduate passionate about tech. However, it is worthy to note that their next boot camp will be coming up by March 2022 and you can find more details and as well as register on their website. Rounding up with a word from their founder, Aanu Gopald, she states that, at Africa Agility, their highest priority is to elevate African females to rise above challenges and find equal footing in the tech career as their male counterpart, this they do through the Girls in Tech Initiative. As game-changers, they are on a mission to ensure that African girls as well as African female youths are visible, heard, valued and recognized in tech. This we believe is the future of Africa we all want to see and live in. That being said, next year is said to be another great year of impact and explosive career experience as Africa Agility is set to continue its transformational journey of the Girls in Tech Initiative with even more cohorts across Africa as well expand its scope to accommodate more activity and experience to help them achieve their 1,000,000 goals of girls trained and impacted by 2030. Indeed, Africa Agility is a forward-thinking organization with groundbreaking strategies and approaches; a strong commitment to their goals and vision and without a second guess driving real transformational impact across Africa, starting from Nigeria.
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