Ninaweza II Development Program
To create opportunities for 1,000 high potential but disadvantaged young women from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds in Kenya to pursue careers in Computer Science and Computer Science driven fields.
ABOUT Ninaweza II Development Program
The young women targeted will be introduced to computer science including on introduction to computer systems, hardware and software components, computer applications, programming and coding, and components on ICT for development. Those already taking computer science and computer science related courses will be provided with mentorship support to ensure they are retained to complete their training. In the long term we expect that at least 70 per cent of the young people participating in this program will pursue careers in computer science and computer science related fields.
All successful applicants will undergo a 4 months intensive training and boot camp experience design to empower them on hands-on skills in programing, Data Science elements of content creation through Digital marketing and Online work.
This training will also come accompanied by Digital literacy skills, Entrepreneurship, Financial literacy and life skills to ensure that the targeted group are given a solid foundation to which they can use to venture into more complex programing languages in a seamless manner
Two week boot camp is then undertaken where all beneficiaries and the mentors linked to their groups work together in developing e-solutions to problems or gaps they have identified in the modern day society
The program will look to leverage on its verse employer network to link these young women with some of the opportunities to explore their career further in the world of computer science after graduation.
Every year, an average of about 600,000 young people graduate from Secondary School after completing their high school examinations (KSCE). Out of the number that graduates only about 120,000 secure opportunities to join universities and colleges leaving out an estimated 480,000 young people with no option to pursue meaningful career paths.
In-ability by parents to meet the cost of tertiary education has also contributed greatly to young people not being able to pursue higher learning and develop career paths. Un-employment rates in Kenya, on the other hand have continued to sour. It is estimated that 750,000 young people enter the workplace annually yet only 15% get absorbed into formal employment leaving the
rest of the youth cohorts (85%) to take up informal work and/or face the brunt of poverty. Further, of the 15% young people that get absorbed into the formal employment, only 29% are women. This project seeks to address some of the challenges to accessing career paths faced by young people graduating from high school by introducing them to computer science
Introduction Today marked the official beginning of Ninaweza II Development Program with a huge turnout of 78 young women who came in for interviews. In attendance were young women who had discovered about the training opportunity through the...
Through the grant, ACWICT will work with 1,000 high potential but disadvantaged young women from poor and disadvantaged households in Kenya to enable them pursue careers in computer science and computer science-driven fields.