Transforming Young Women’s Lives Through Technology :Pwani Teknowgalz Impact

Since 2015, Pwani Teknowgalz has been on a mission to empower Kenyan young women with technology skills with the aim of providing them with a financially stable future and confidence to participate in the digital space. With over 20,000 passionate  young women applicants, the organization has significantly impacted the lives of 6,800 young girls through different programs such as CodeHack, Coders at American Space, STEM Cafe, Technovation, Community Workshop, Flutter Mobile development sessions, and Mombasa Girls in STEM among other projects. This represents 15% of the applicant pool. Since its inception, Pwani Teknowgalz has achieved significant measurable results in advancing women and marginalized communities in digital  and technology…

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From Codehack Graduate to a Leader in Empowering Youths in Tech: Ilhaam’s Journey in Technology

  Navigating the vast world of technology can be overwhelming, especially for those just starting out. Yet, for one individual, the path forward became clear with the guidance of the right mentors. After finishing form four, Ilhaam found herself at a crossroads, unsure of her next steps. It was a friend’s recommendation that led her to enroll in Codehack’s computer literacy program, where she embarked on a journey of self-discovery. Despite lacking prior tech knowledge, she quickly found her stride, immersing herself in computer packages and witnessing her skills flourish in just three short months. Ilhaam’s journey began at Pwani Teknowgalz, where she enrolled in the Codehack computer…

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Navigating the Digital Landscape-Viola’s Journey in Technology

Systemic biases and cultural barriers play a significant role in hindering the progress of women in the tech industry. One major challenge is the lack of representation and diversity in tech companies. Women are underrepresented at all levels, from entry-level positions to executive roles. This lack of representation perpetuates a vicious cycle, as women often struggle to find role models and mentors who understand their unique experiences and can guide them through their careers. Despite these formidable challenges, women in technology continue to defy expectations and push and Viola is one of them. Since childhood, the inner workings of computers and phones have always fascinated me. The allure…

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Overcoming odds to redefining possibilities:Lina’s Tech journey

  n Kenya, like in many other countries, the rate of young women pursuing software engineering courses has traditionally been lower than that of men. According to research on “Bridging the Gender Divide in Digital Technology Courses and Careers in Kenya” by the Brookings Institution (2022):  This research paper delves into the root causes behind the underrepresentation of women in Kenya’s digital technology sector, including software engineering. This can be attributed to various factors such as societal expectations, cultural barriers, lack of role models, and stereotypes that associate tech careers. After high school, choosing a university course was a maze for Lina. The recommendation to pursue a software…

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Nurturing Women In Tech Talent, Inspiring Change

Introduction Meet Sharon Atieno, a passionate Data Scientist and Technical Instructor at Pwani Teknowgalz. Her transformative journey in the tech world began in April 2021 when she joined our CodeHack training program during the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic. Let’s dive into Sharon’s experience and explore the impact Pwani Teknowgalz had on her career in data science. Pwani Teknowgalz Impact How did participating in Pwani Teknowgalz programs contribute to your professional development and skill acquisition in data science and machine learning? At the time I was participating in the CodeHack Program, Pwani Teknowgalz did not have a Data Science and Machine Learning track, they were only doing…

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Breaking barriers-Bridging the gender gap of women in technology in Lamu

Historically, women in Kenya, along with women in numerous other countries, have faced a lack of representation in the technology sector. However, an increasing number of women are taking the lead and becoming role models for those currently in or aspiring to join the rapidly evolving industry that has a global impact. Mariam Abubakar Ahmed is a  teacher at Mahmoud bin Fadhil Primary School in Lamu and a graduate with a diploma in ICT. After attending the stem Cafe program by Pwani Teknowgalz in 2019, it sparked her dreams and passion for technology. The digital marketing and website development skills she gained during the STEM Cafe program motivated…

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Enabling young women from low-income homes actualize their passion for technology

  The digital age has created previously unheard-of opportunities for the empowerment of women and girls, ranging from online study and digital activism to the rapid rise of high-paying tech employment.Women and girls remain underrepresented across the creation, use and regulation of technology.Umi Ramadhan Karisa a high school student at Bahari Girls secondary school had always been interested  in studying technology after high school, but due to financial difficulties, she almost gave up on ever realizing her dream of becoming a technology expert because she was not given the chance to study computer science. “As I had already given up on studying technology, a friend of mine suggested…

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Calling All Flutter Enthusiasts: Join Our Volunteer Team!

Are you passionate about Flutter development and eager to make a difference in the lives of young women? We’re thrilled to invite you to join our volunteer team and be part of our impactful mission! At Pwani Teknowgalz, we believe in the power of technology to empower and uplift individuals, especially women, in the ever-evolving digital landscape. That’s why we’re dedicated to training and equipping young women with valuable skills in Flutter development, a versatile cross-platform tool with endless possibilities. As a Flutter volunteer, you have the opportunity to share your expertise, time, and enthusiasm with aspiring developers, helping them unlock their potential and pursue exciting opportunities in…

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Calling All Flutter Enthusiasts: Join Our Volunteer Team!

Are you passionate about Flutter development and eager to make a difference in the lives of young women? We’re thrilled to invite you to join our volunteer team and be part of our impactful mission! At Pwani Teknowgalz, we believe in the power of technology to empower and uplift individuals, especially women, in the ever-evolving digital landscape. That’s why we’re dedicated to training and equipping young women with valuable skills in Flutter development, a versatile cross-platform tool with endless possibilities. As a Flutter volunteer, you have the opportunity to share your expertise, time, and enthusiasm with aspiring developers, helping them unlock their potential and pursue exciting opportunities in…

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Internship at Pwani Teknowgalz helps Grace advance her career in tech

Grace Mutanu Mutinda a student at The Technical University of Kenya shares her experience and skills acquired as an intern at Pwani Teknowgalz. Keep reading to have a gist of how the internship assisted her to advance her mobile development skills and gain confidence in her leadership abilities. What effect did the internship have on your technology and leadership abilities? During my internship, I was able to gain more practical programming skills as compared to my schoolwork. With the aid of my designated supervisor Ms. Joan Nabusoba, director of professional development at Pwani Teknowgalz, I was able to learn Flutter which is an open source framework by Google…

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