Enhancing Inclusive Access to ICT Careers & Buildng the Next Generation of STEM Leaders in Africa
For years a science and technology gender gap has persisted all over the world. Despite great progress towards increasing female participation in higher education, women still remain under-represented in STEM fields. Data shows that only 35 per cent of STEM students in higher education globally and less than 30 per cent of the world’s researchers are women.
Helping to support and encourage more women to study STEM courses and take up careers in STEM is crucial if this disparity is to be addressed. To achieve this, STEMi Makers of Africa partners the Information Telecommunications Union (ITU) to ensure girls are encouraged throughout their lives and, particularly, at an age when they are starting to make choices about their future career paths. The bootcamp will feature training on Laser cutting technologies, Robotics, 3D Printing, Prototype Engineering, Software development, Cloud Computing and develop their awareness that mobile computing power can be used for addressing challenges faced by their local communities.