Pwani Teknowgalz teaches coding to girls to bridge the gender digital divide

Pwani Teknowgalz during Django girls workshop. Picture from TechWeez

Pwani Teknowgalz during Django girls workshop. Picture from TechWeez

An article from Tech Weez introduced Ruth Kaveke, co-founder and executive director at Pwani Teknowgalz a non-profit organization which aims to bridge the gender STEM divide in Kenya. The organization is recognized for training over 800 girls in high schools and 150 at university level, enabling them to build their careers in areas such as web development or digital design.

Pwani Teknowgalz supports girls through a well-structured curriculum that was elaborated to empower the next generation of innovators, scientists, software developers and entrepreneurs. The program runs for three months, where students are taught from basic computational thinking to advanced web programming. Some of the contents covered by the curriculum include HTML5, CSS3, Python, web hosting, responsive design and content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress. Courses take place at the Swahilipot Hub in Mombasa, Kenya.

According to Ruth : we have received a massive support from Swahilipot Hub, where most of our events and programs take place together with our design and programming classes. We get donations from individuals and organizations as well. However, we will require more training materials such as laptops for the girls who may not be able to afford one but are dedicated to the learning process.”

Pwani Teknowgalz has established lines of collaboration with programs such as Technovation Challenge-Kenya, Django girls Mombasa, Mombasa Girls in STEM and Africa Code Week.

Source: Tech Weez