STEM Education for African Girls

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Divine and Mary, 2016 Visiola Foundation Scholars at Lead City University shared updates about their community project in Ibadan. They are pursuing degrees in Computer Science and are passionate about exposing undeserved students to computers.

“A large number of students in our community cannot operate computers. This is quite alarming because we live in a technological age where computer is critical for long-term success. Moreover, these students will be required to sit for the JAMB examination (a computer based test) before gaining admission into higher institutions in Nigeria. Yet, the majority of students in the public educational system in the country lack computer training.

We have also observed that gendered educational disparity begins at the primary level and continues through secondary school. In an effort to transform the lives of youth in our community, we contribute to building the capacity of girls by teaching students in select secondary schools in Ibadan skills in ICT and computer programming. These girls with no previous knowledge in computers are now prepared to take computer based tests which is a requirement for admission to universities in Nigeria and have been empowered technologically through focused training that will enable them leverage technology to solve problems and make life easier in their own communities.”