ABOUT

eSkills4girls

#eSkills4Girls is an initiative started under the German G20 presidency with the aim of tackling the existing gender digital divide in particular in low income and developing countries. Impact Hub Harare was selected to run this initiative locally in 2017 and 2018. The focus of this event is to teach girls about the tech industry and what it has to offer and to encourage them to pursue the various opportunities available in this industry. 

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Programme Background

In 2017 the event took place at Tynwald High School in Harare. Impact Hub Harare collaborated with Tynwald High school to include their students and approach

participants within the age range that was targeted, which was 10-18 years of age. A total of six schools attended with 102 students participating in the workshop. The schools that attended were namely:

Masasai Primary School, Tynwald Primary School, Tynwald High School, Kirkman Primary School, Mother Touch Primary School, Divaris School

 

THE PROCESS

The event covered several topics in tech which included: 

  1. Scratch
  2. Game development 101
  3. Robotics 
  4. Python Scratch 
  5. Careers in tech 

These workshops were a combination of practical and theory sessions. 

In 2018 the event took place at Impact Hub Harare. Impact Hub Harare engaged organisations that work with girls from vulnerable backgrounds as well as schools that were involved in other  programming including Tariro Trust, Dzikwa Trust and I am Mbare to assist in the sourcing of the participants. In total 30 participants attended the event and went through the various workshop material prepared. 

The event covered the following topics: 

  1. Careers in tech 
  2. HTML Basics 
  3. Virtual Reality. 

These workshops largely involved practical work. 

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HIGHLIGHTS

FOR THE GRAM

The workshop is a good initiative to push the girls to do hands on coding activities and helping them gain interest in the IT industry.

Mr Maputa

Teacher from Masasai Primary School.

It was very interesting to learn about Python and it is an easy programme and I would consider doing future courses.

Varaidzo

Tynwald High School Student

“I learnt that you do not have to be a computer scientist to have a career in tech, and you can start learning to code at any time as well.

Tatenda

Tynwald High School Student
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