Kenya: 200 Kiambu County Girls Take Part in Microsoft’s DigiGirlz High Tech Camp

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More than 200 high school girls from Kiambu County have participated in Microsoft’s fifth DigiGirlz High Tech Camp.

The girls were invited to take part in the camp, held at Uthiru Girls High School, which aims to increase the number of women working in technology-related industries. Microsoft says its camps are designed to “dispel stereotypes of the high-tech industry”.

 

Kiambu girls try their hands at high-tech

Over the week, more than 200 girls from Kiambu County got to try their hands at building some of the latest technology innovations. A heavy emphasis on programming and coding skills aims to spark that initial interest that could inspire a future career in the field.

“You only need confidence and a learning attitude to pursue programming,” co-founder of AkiraChix Ruth Owigar told the girls during her keynote speech at the camp. Ms Owigar encouraged the girls to stay active in maths and science programs throughout their studies and pursue a degree in a technology-related field.

 

Providing young women the ‘necessary expertise’

Microsoft WECA Customer Partner Experience Lead, Watau Gaita, gave insights into the tech firm’s aims with these camps:

“Microsoft’s DigiGirlz Camp strives to provide young women with the necessary expertise and direction to succeed in a world becoming more dependent on the latest technologies and innovations,” she said.

“We believe that the camp will help address the strong gender imbalance that exists internationally in regards to women’s presence in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics all over the world.”

The workshop was held in partnership with I Choose Life Africa, bringing together 18 high schools, 40 teachers and over 30 Microsoft employees to the week-long event.

 

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