Tanzania Girls in ICT by

She codes
Published On: 18,April 2016

Tanzania Girls in ICT program is an initiative looking to nurture young girls to develop

interest in Information and communication technology (ICT) at early stage of their careers

through teaching them basic ICT skills. For a long period technology in Tanzania has been

considered as a male-dominated industry. In the past, there was a huge push for men to get

into technology than women, there were no role models in the tech industry for women to

look up to, and so females were not encouraged to get into the industry.

 

Universal Communications Services Access Fund (UCSAF), a public agency which deals

with promoting universal access to information and communications technology services

in Tanzania, partnering with SHE Codes For Change have marked a huge solution. “Girls in

ICT” the project structured in such a way that young girls can build foundation in basic ICT

skills by learning early stage programming skills and work in teams in small projects. The

project seeks to provide relevant information and exposure to the tech industry to female

high schools students and inspire them to pursue the industry.

 

Girls in ICT project duration is 3 months, done in three phases; Zonal, National and Ethiopia

trip. The program marked Zonals including; Eastern Zone (Dar es Salaam,

Morogoro,Pwani,Lindi and Mtwara), Southern Highlands Zone (Mbeya, Rukwa, Iringa,

Katavi, Njombe and Ruvuma),Northern Zone (Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Tanga and Manyara),

Isles zones (North Unguja, South Unguja, Urban West, South Pemba and North Pemba),

Central Western Zone (Kigoma, Simiyu, Dodoma, Singida and Tabora) and Lake Zone

(Mwanza, Mara, Kagera, Shinyanga and Geita). Each zone provided a total of 40 students

each region providing 8 students. 5 students selected to make a diverse group of 30 best

students from all over Tanzania who will compete in the national event. This project

targets 240 girls from all over Tanzania to come together and be exposed to MIT app

inventor tool as to learn how to make mobile applications and selected six girls will

represent the country in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the Girls in ICT day.

 

Presently, technical skill-set is in high demand and considered as an added advantage

regardless of whatever field one might end engaging. Girls in ICT aims to begin as early as

when girls begin to define their career journey. As it is going to spark their interest in tech

industry so as to contribute to the vibrating growth of economy through technology

innovation. In other hand, the project stand to see young girls empowered to software

development by transition from being consumers of technology and becoming creators of

it.