“Big Demand” for Ladies to Study STEM Abilities says Vodacom

Vodacom has introduced that it’s planning to run one other version of the #CodeLikeAGirl programme earlier than the tip of this 12 months because it makes an attempt to cater for the large demand of women and younger girls who subscribed for the primary iteration of the programme.

“The Vodacom #CodeLikeAGirl initiative is rising in recognition and is beginning to encourage extra younger women to enter the Science, Expertise, Engineering and Arithmetic (STEM) fields,” reads a press release from the corporate.

“Whereas this 12 months’s instalment of the #CodeLikeAGirl programme solely had house for 600 younger women, the programme was oversubscribed by 40%, with greater than 1,000 younger women registering to participate.”

Vodacom #CodeLikeAGirl programme is anticipated to encourage greater than 600 younger girls.

For the primary time, says Vodacom, the native programme attracted younger women from international locations outdoors of South Africa. The initiative attracted 25 women from six different international locations together with Botswana, Albania, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho and Mozambique.

Launched in 2017 with the goal of closing the gender hole and provoking younger women to pursue STEM careers, the programme has been carried out in South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, DRC and Lesotho. In SA alone, for the reason that programme was launched, Vodacom says it has skilled 1 332 women. Vodacom has coated near 100 colleges regionally.

Njabulo Mashigo, Human Sources Director for Vodacom South Africa says: “The extent of curiosity that we noticed throughout this 12 months tells us that, our programme is making good progress in popularising coding amongst younger women and that there’s a large curiosity on the market from younger women to discover careers that require coding abilities to assist them get a begin in STEM fields.”

Feminine participation is lagging in a discipline that’s increasing globally and males proceed to dominate the variety of STEM graduates in most international locations. All over the world, simply 35% of Science, Expertise, Engineering, and Arithmetic (STEM) college students inside larger training are girls. To scale back this deficit and improve feminine participation inside STEM fields and industries, Vodacom’s #CodeLikeAGirl programme goals to develop coding abilities and invaluable life abilities for women.

Earlier this month, from 4-7 October, Vodacom ran the latest session of their #CodeLikeAGirl programme, nearly inviting 600 younger women from throughout South Africa to learn to code and additional their STEM data throughout the 2021 Spring college holidays.

In the course of the week-long coaching course, younger learners have been uncovered to an Introduction to coding, robotics and improvement programmes together with HTML, CSS, GitHub and Model management, and JavaScript. They have been additionally taken on a enjoyable and empowering life abilities journey whereas growing coding, presentation and communication abilities – offering these learners with a well-rounded programme of improvement.

“These initiatives have the potential to considerably shut the gender hole and encourage younger women to pursue STEM careers within the digital period in direction of which we’re transitioning. I consider that we will in the end change the outlook of the variety of females in Science, Expertise, Engineering and Arithmetic careers, enabling these girls to turn into pioneers inside the expertise house in a couple of years to return,” concludes Mashigo.

Edited by Luis Monzon
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