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Firm empowers slum girls with skills to develop mobile apps

Seth Onyango @SethManex

Girls living in slums within Nairobi’s Eastlands area are set to break gender stereotypes by learning coding and developing mobile applications. Multinational firm, General Electric has partnered with Kids Comp Camp and Safe Spaces to bridge the technology gap for the girls in the area and take up careers in technology.

The programme is tailored to enhance their digital literacy, foster opportunities and launch them into careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (Stem).

Dubbed, She Can Code Challenge, the initiative aims to expose the under served group to coding as a 21st century vital life skill and educate them on how they can take up coding as a career. Subsequently, they are expected to use the skills obtained to solve challenges in their communities.

“We are glad to work with GE and Safe Spaces Kenya to serve more girls in Dandora and its environs. We are committed to supporting more girls in slums to fit in and become more competitive in today’s digital driven society” Caleb Ndaka, Programme lead at Kids Comp Camp. Stem programmes Kenya leader Faith Muia exuded confidence the project will bridge the technology gap among girls in Eastlands.

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