CODE GIRLS

STEM EDUCATION FOR GIRLS IN SCHOOL

 

During school terms, we train girls in primary school from ages of 8-13, working with school teachers to implement computer clubs in these schools and implement a 50/50 policy for computer usage so that girls are not left behind.

During holidays every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-12pm.

Using the KANO computer kits, we introduce the kids to computer science. The kids are engaged in a creative process of visualization where they are prompted to come up with stories on paper, white board and verbally that they then transform using Scratch. We also use tools like Typing Master to help the children increase their speed of typing while making them familiar with the computer environment. We use Scratch to introduce them to coding at an early age in a fun and egging way.

The goal of this program is to get more children engaged in the STEM environment at an early stage of their lives so that they are inquisitive of the STEM fields as they grow up. Its at this early age that children form opinions about different career options and fields, most times unfortunately STEM is discouraged for girls. Its at this stage that girls decide not to engage in STEM but other fields and all opinions around them as they group up just reinforce this decision.We have  found that this training also improves girls ability to think logically, deeply and creatively which contributes to improved learning outcomes in school.

SECONDARY CODE GIRLS

This program Engages secondary school girls between the ages of 13-18 by introducing them to computer science through clubs that host teach coding and programming languages such as app inventor, ruby on rails, python and user centered design. Teaching girls how to build applications, games, websites and starting them on a life process of  technology passion and desire to build innovations that will impact their communities and their lives.

The essence of this particular program is to teach young girls how to be creative, imaginative and how to share knowledge through team work. In addition, both sections of the club get to have exposure to computer hardware and maintenance, career guidance and mentor-ship from various women in technology. We aim to make these girls fall in love with Technology and their community and close the gender digital divide in Uganda and Africa.

 

CODE GIRLS LEVEL UP

The University Code Girls movement is aimed at training industry relevant tech and employability skills to prepare them for the job market in Uganda. Creating our curriculum after consulting with the local tech industry, we teach young women practical, relevant and employable skills to help them qualify for available tech jobs in the market or create their own tech start ups.  We want to increase the number of young women that enter into the tech industry after graduating from higher education institutions.

In addition to the technical skills that the ladies acquire, we offer Career guidance, mentorship, exposure to other short training programs and networking with people already practicing in the field. Internship and job connections through our Digital jobs center.

We welcome any organizations in and out of Uganda that have digital job opportunities to get in touch at info@witug.org. If you need female talent, we got it!