TechInAfrica – Gitgirl is Africa’s first data academy for women. It specializes in empowering African women economically and providing high-value skills in data science, computer programming, and business strategy. While providing the skills through a project-based curriculum, it aims at identifying solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing the generations.
The main objectives of its project initiative are:
- Empower African women through their programs and prepare the skills they need in order to succeed regardless of their lack of financing.
- Boost African women participation in tech sector across a various range of industries
- Establish and foster a tech talent who’s gender-inclusive to diversify tech talents.
- Improve workforce gender balance and reduce the global skills gap
Currently, there have been 93 students enrolled by Gitgirl and had access to their training. By providing them the skills, Gitgirl wants to prepare them to be highly competitive and ready to partake in solving some of the community’s most pressing challenges.
The program is launching officially on April 15, 2019. There will be around 200 African women across Nigeria and Ghana (Accra). To succeed in the program, Gitgirl has partnered with entities interested in fostering the students’ skills to address data challenges within their organizations.
As for women who have financial issues, Gitgirl also offers scholarship options for university graduates and women who have served for two years at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Additionally, they also provide flexible loan payment plants for women during the program course.
Speaking of who’s eligible to apply for the program, here are the criteria:
- Have completed NYCT no more than two years ago
- A minimum of high school diploma
- Able to fully participate in the immersive program at the Lagos HQ
- Will commit to a paid position at Gitgirl upon completion of the program at least for three years.