Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation was awarded a grant of $21,000 from the Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation for the expansion of the She Hacks Africa Coding Bootcamp program in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria. This grant will be used specifically to train 300 Nigerian youth on Software Programming, Entrepreneurship and Leadership as well as provide Seed Grant Funds for the youth to initiate their technology start-up business.
ACT Foundation believes that Entrepreneurship is key to driving growth in most developed economies; hence, our support is extensively directed towards the youth population who sit at the heart of innovation. By instilling entrepreneurial values in the minds of young people, we intend to drive sustainable socio-economic impact in African communities. The ACT Foundation 2019 grant will support the expansion of the She Hacks Africa program and provide opportunities for African women to participate in an exciting and technically challenging month-long immersion in technology entrepreneurship.
The Founder of WAAW Foundation, Dr. Unoma Ndili Okorafor who was very pleased with this award, said: “ACT Foundation grant is a gift that will keep on giving, and will have an impact in the local communities and Africa in general.” WAAW Foundation recognized the need to promote more youths especially women in computing when it launched its She Hacks Africa program in January 2017. Since its’ inception, the program has opened up innovative and alternative pathways for women to find their way into technology careers, establishing a more robust pipeline for the next generation of women leaders in technology – 306 Nigerian youths developed skills to engage in global economy & attempt digital work, 32% employed in tech companies as Junior developers or Interns and 42% created tech businesses.