Some of the young women, who benefited from the initiative.
Vodacom KZN recently provided 70 female pupils from the province with an opportunity to learn how to the code, during the winter school holidays, as part of its ‘Code Like A Girl’ initiative.
Essentially, youngsters between the ages of 14 and 18, were selected to develop coding skills and valuable life skills.
They were encouraged to consider the uptake of information, communications as well as science, technology, engineering and Mathematics subjects.
The initiative aims to narrow the gender digital divide at an early age in South Africa.
With female participation failing in the science, technology, engineering and Mathematics fields, the ‘Code Like A Girl’ initiative allow a way of solving problems, sequential thinking and stimulating, creating and designing.
It provides influential mentors for the girls to inspire them to be passionate about technology and its possibilities.
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Chris Lazarus, managing executive of the Vodacom KwaZulu-Natal region said equipping young girls with the skills they require to succeed in the fourth industrial revolution is the only way to break down the gender gap barrier and ensure the transition into an inclusive digital future.
“We aim to have young girls excel in the fourth industrial revolution. Through our project, we want a future free of the gender inequality, more so when it comes to jobs of the future,” Lazarus said.
It was at the end of the week that each girl developed their own website and presented it to the rest of the coding class.
“Projects, such as this, have the potential to significantly close the gender gap and inspire young girls to pursue STEM careers in the digital era that we are transitioning towards. I believe that we can ultimately change the outlook of the number of females in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers, enabling those females to become pioneers within the technology space,” Lazarus concluded.