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Intel, Akirachix aim to empower girls

17 October 2013, 16:00

Nairobi - Intel and Akirachix, the women empowerment initiative, have entered into a partnership to enhance girls’ skills in technology.

“She Will Connect,” is part of a global initiative Intel launched last week to expand digital literacy especially targeting women in developing countries.

The technology firm targets to educate 5 million women globally in a move that will reduce the gender gap by more than 50 percent globally.

This move corroborates well with the government’s Vision 2030, which cites technological advancement as one of the pillars of economic growth.

The government has also laid out a plan to promote digital literacy by supplying laptops to lower primary kids beginning January next year.

To ensure “She Will Connect” succeeds the initiative organizers have said there will be a two day training session each year in the towns of Nakuru, Nairobi, Eldoret, Mombasa and Kisumu where girls interested in coding will be taken on board.

The two-day training session will have a vacancy of 25 girls per class.

This initiative is follow-up to the recommendations given in a titled, “Women and the Web.”

Agatha Gikund, a senior official of Intel East Africa, said that diversity was crucial to succeeding in new technologies.

He added that education had real power to fuel transformation and was the main reason Intel was collaborating with other industry players to ensure that as many girls as possible made a mark in the technology world. 

– CAJ News


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