Microsoft, Tech4Dev Target Kenyan Girls and Women in Digital Training Drive
Microsoft, alongside non-profit social enterprise, Tech4Dev have collaborated on an initiative to train girls and women across Africa in coding and deep tech skills. The program looks forward to bridging the digital and technology divide and ensure equal access to opportunities across the continent.
The Women Techsters initiative, which is aimed at girls and women between 16-40, across Africa, was launched during a virtual roundtable today, hosted by Microsoft Philanthropies and Tech4Dev. The training program will focus on technical skills such as software development, product design, product management, data science and AI engineering, and cybersecurity, and will be delivered through a series of simultaneous activities.
Open days, boot camps and masterclasses will serve as a virtual program for girls and women across the continent to learn about leveraging technology for career and business growth. Furthermore, the program has been developed in such a way, that participants will not only learn and develop deep technical skills but can fill knowledge gaps; learn coding skills and jumpstart their careers.
“When we empower girls and women in the ICT industry through greater access to skills and training, we not only unlock innovation but also economic opportunities,” says Ghada Khalifa, Regional Director- Microsoft Philanthropies MEA.
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