We had 50 girls from La Bawaleshie Presbyterian Basic School who learnt to solve problems and create Mobile Apps with MIT app inventor.
Senior Manager at MTN Ghana Foundation Georgina Asare Fiagbenu said considering the few number of Women in ICT, the foundation thinks it is important to get girls to be motivated to study and pursue careers in technology
We had an informal conversation dubbed “Fireside Chat,” where panelists( 5 influential women in Tech from MTN) spoke about their journey in the Tech world, their challenges, success and why they ventured into Tech careers. The panelists encouraged the girls to be bold to express themselves, learn new things, and never be afraid.
We also had a lady from our Women in Digital Skills class and an Entrepreneur in Training from MEST Africa share their story on why they choose Tech.
The participants drew a prototype of their solution of the challenge on cards with the supports from their mentors, MTN Woman in Tech, a facilitator and a technical trainer. The also built awesome apps with the aid of MIT App Inventor, to solve the challenge. The groups presented their solutions on the Innovation Challenge and Android App, and the best teams won amazing prices. Certificate of participation were presented.
None of the girls knew what coding was but left learning how to code. They did not know who a software developer was but at the end I am sure some were inspired to study and pursue career in Tech.