November 16, 2016
Three organizations received today the 2016 GEM-TECH Award for their outstanding work on behalf women and girls inclusion in the digital world at Telecom World in Bangkok, Thailand, today. In the category for “Promoting Women in the Technology Sector” the winner: Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation, Regional – Sub Saharan African received the award for its work providing training, mentorship and scholarships aimed at increasing the pipeline of women entering STEM fields as leaders and technology innovators.
PUNCH, August 18, 2016
The Working to Advance African Women Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, has trained female secondary school students in how to generate electricity through renewable energy sources. It stated that after a week-long training for 38 schoolgirls in Abuja, the trainees were able to build a wind turbine through which electricity was generated.
Speaking on the sidelines of the closing ceremony for the training, the Founder/Chief Executive Officer, WAAW Foundation, Dr. Unoma Okorafor, told our correspondent that her organisation had great interest in promoting clean energy not just in Nigeria but across Africa. Read more
AWP Network, June 20, 2016
WAAW foundation and AWELE Academy recently announced the launch of a technology leadership and entrepreneurship bootcamp in Lagos, Nigeria. The AWELE academy is an immersive software engineering school for African women that focuses on technology leadership and entrepreneurship. AWELE Academy is part of Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the pipeline of African women entering into Science and Technology fields and ensure they are engaged in technology innovation to benefit Africa. Read more
DAILY TRUST, August 16, 2016
Thirty eight female students have completed a six-day intensive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) course in Abuja. The course was part of measures at improving competitiveness in science and technology in the country.The students were drawn from all states including Abuja. The fourth session of the annual event organised by the United States-based Working to Advance African Women (WAAW) Foundation, SASOL, Afritex Initiative and ETSD Foundation was majorly focused on alternate energy (electricity) generation and “Computing, Robotic and Renewable Energy” Read more
THE HERALD, August 13, 2016
A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Working To Advance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education for African Girls, on Saturday urged youths to embrace technology, saying it was tool for economic growth. Founder of the organisation, Dr Unoma Okorafor, made the call while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of the 2016 Computing, Robotics and Renewable Energy Camp” organised by the foundation in Abuja. Read more
Girls meet tech at Google-WAAW training
GUARDIAN. October 16, 2015
ALTHOUGH the figures vary from study to study, it is an established fact that there are more women than men on the internet. In this century, it is almost impossible to develop as an individual, organisation or country without the right amount of computer literacy and access.
Speaking during the two-day training workshop, WAAW’s Operations Director, Florence Ogunbor said that the programme which targeted secondary school girls within the age of 12-14 years was aimed at developing the interest of girls in science and technology by getting them involved in simple and computer programming activities. Read more or follow this link: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/10/girls-meet-tech-at-google-waaw-training/?utm_content=buffereba06&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Foundation hones skills of female scientists in Lagos
NEW TELEGRAPH. August 25, 2015
Towards improved competitiveness in science and technology development in Africa, and Nigeria in particular, about 38 female pupils across various secondary schools in Lagos were, penultimate week, camped at Greensprings Secondary School, Anthony, where their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) were inspired. The event was organised by the United States of America-based Working to Advance African Women (WAAW) Foundation.
The STEM camp, which was the third in its series to be held in the country, was an eye opener to the participants, who expressed their renewed optimism to invest their future in science and technology. One of the participants, a 15-year-old pupil of Mind Builders High School, Ikeja, Eunice Iluonaze, whose group after the week-long practical training built a solar powered energy to power pump machine, said her passion for science had been heightened by the experience garnered at the camp.
Read more or follow this link: http://newtelegraphonline.com/foundation-hones-skills-of-female-scientists-in-lagos/
Foundation empowers teens with ICT Skills
THE NATION. August 24, 2014
In its quest to build the skills set of teenagers in the area of information and communication technology, Working to Advance Science and Technology Education for African Woman (WAAW), a nonprofit, nongovernmental organisation, organised a capacity building workshop for public and private secondary school girls.
Justifying the need for the workshop, its Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mrs. Unoma Okoroafor, said the foundation is committed to ensuring that every young girl is adequately empowered through the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programme, a one-week long camp meeting aimed at training, mentoring and inspiring secondary school girls to explore science-related careers.
Read more or follow this link: http://thenationonlineng.net/new/foundation-empowers-teens-with-ict-skills/
Nigeria needs more women in Engineering fields – Dr. Unoma Ndili Okorafor
DAILY INDEPENDENCE. August 13, 2014
Dr. Unoma Okorafor, a Computer and Electrical Engineer and graduate of University of Lagos is the founder of Working to Advance African Women (WAAW). She spoke with CORRESPONDENT, Oyeniran Apata at the end of a three-week camping organised for young secondary girls where various projects on the application of computer technology to solve local problems were exhibited.
Why Women should be social Enterpreneurs
THE NATIONS. August 10, 2014
Dr. Unoma Okoroafor, a computer engineer by profession, is also founder and Chief Executive Officer, Working to Advance Science and Technology Education for African Woman (WAAW), an organisation which empowers African women by building their skills in the area of science and technology with a view to making them self-reliant. In this interview with Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf, she shares her experience working with women across the West African sub-region.
What is the main driving spirit for the programmes initiated by your organisation?
I’m very passionate about promoting female education because we all know that if you empower a girl, that you actually empower a community; if you educate a girl, you educate a nation. Girls are the ones, when they are educated, they make sure that their own children and the generations to come are educated.
Read more or follow this link: http://thenationonlineng.net/new/why-more-women-should-be-social-entrepreneurs/
WAAW boosts African women’s interest in science-related careers
GUARDIAN. August 7, 2014
Working to Advance African Women (WAAW) in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), has reiterated its commitment to boosting advancement of African girls in STEM education. Its President, Dr. Mrs. Unoma Ndili Okorafor, who stressed that female education is the way forward for Nigeria and Africa as a whole, added that attracting the girls to have interest in science programmes, and encouraging them to use technology and change the world, would encourage real problem solving in various communities.
WAAW Boosts African Women’s interest in Science-related Careers
ALLAFRICA.COM. August 7,2014
At the closing ceremony of a one-week residential STEM camp for African girls in senior secondary schools recently held at the Global International College, Lekki, Lagos, with the theme, “Computing, Robotics and Renewable Energy For Africa”, the engineering expert argued that if women are greatly empowered, the children, community and the nation at large are by extension empowered.
Layiwola, Nwosu-Igbo for WAAW Foundation STEM camp for African girls
NEW TELEGRAPH. July 25, 2014
Renowned bronze caster and lecturer of Arts and Art History at University of Lagos, Professor Peju Layiwola, installation artist and poet, Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo, and the Executive Director of Women Technology Empowering Center, Ore Somolu are among female role models and experts who will make presentations in the second Robotics And Renewable STEM Camp for African Girls in Lagos, Nigeria, organised by WAAW Foundation.
The programme which will be held at the Global International School Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria, from July 28 to August 2, 2014, is a high quality, exciting and technically challenging one week residential Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp for African Girls ages 13 to 17. It is on the theme “Robotics and Computer Programming and Renewable Energy for Africa.”
WAAW Foundation Founder received Anita Borg’s Award
Dr. Unoma Ndili Okorafor, Founder, WAAW Foundation received the 2013 Anita Borg’s award on October 3, 2013 at the 13th Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing (GHC) at Minneapolis, United states.
WAAW Foundation Announces the opening of its 2014 Scholarship
The Working to Advance African Women (WAAW) foundation’s annual scholarship initiative is aimed at supporting need based African female STEM-focused college education.
WAAW Foundation Reward Innovation in Schools
NIGERIA COMMUNICATIONS WEEK. 08/22/2013
Etisalat has sponsored this year’s Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation science camp for girls, in further demonstration of its commitment to empower young people through quality education.
Next generation of female Nigerian inventors unveiled
DAILY INDEPENDENCE. 08/15/2013
It was, indeed, a one week of residential brain-teasing guided by Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) modules, as the young girls got their hands on the desks to design and make various types of robots and alternative energy generation.
The Anita Borg Institute Announces Winners of 2013 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) ABIE Awards
MARKET WIRE. 07/31/2013
Dr. Unoma Okorafor, Founder and CEO of WAAW Foundation has been selected as an ABIE Change Agent Awards Winner. The award recipients will be Recognized at October Celebration in Minnesota where they will be honored for Leadership, Social Impact, and Education.
Women Foundation camps girls for Science Education
Founder and Chief Executive of Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women, Dr Unoma Okorafor, has said that the need to inspire girls into performing well in Science and Technology informed a STEM Camp it is holding for them in Lagos.
Foundation organizes STEM camp for school girls
BLUE PRINT. 07/16/2013
The Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation in partnership with Women Technology Empowerment Center (W.TEC) is organizing a one week residential Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp for African Girls in the categories of senior secondary school1 to3, from July 28th to August 3rd at Laureate College, Aviation Estate, Mafoluku, Lagos.
WAAW Foundation Announces 2013 Scholarship Recipient
Wylie, TX — (SBWIRE) The scholarships of $500/year are for African women who have gained undergraduate admission to an institution of higher learning in Africa and are studying a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related course.
WAAW Foundation Robotics and Renewable STEM Camp for African Girls
Wylie, TX — (SBWIRE) Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation is launching a high quality, exciting and technically challenging one week residential Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp for African Girls in Senior Secondary School (9th to 12th Grades). The theme of the camp is Robotics and Renewable Energy. The camp will be help from July 28th to August 3rd in Lagos, Nigeria.
WAAW Foundation Receives grant from Google Rise
DEAL BREAKER. 2/25/2013
Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation recently was awarded a grant from Google Rise – Roots in Science and Engineering. This grant will enable WAAW Foundation to expand and continue the STEM Outreach program providing role models from universities to secondary school students.
Google Rise Visits WAAW Foundation Office in Lagos and Abuja Nigeria
WAAW Foundation Launches its College to Secondary Outreach Program
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