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It takes an empowered female to transform her community.
FemITI is instilling knowledge in STEM-related and IOT in young females, working closely with partners and government ministries to drive sustained development and transformation of slum communities in Ghana.
What: Spearheaded by the DreamOval Foundation, FemITI (Females in Tech Initiative) is a platform that trains young girls to develop problem-solving skills through STEM and IoT (Internet of Things) training. This includes skills and knowledge in coding, electronics, embedded systems, internet cloud systems and applications as well as product design and design thinking.
With a goal to empower 50,000 girls from slum areas across Ghana, FemITI is structured to provide long-term impact.
When: FemITI is organised four (4) times a year, one session in each quarter. Young girls are selected from slum communities to undergo an 8-week intensive training, followed by a 2 day Bootcamp where they are awarded certificates of participation and completion.
FemITI Bootcamp 2019 was held at the Pentecost Retreat Centre, Mampong on the 16th and 17th of February, 2019 with 45 girls who had completed the 8-week intensive training in STEM.
Why: DreamOval partners other organisations in Africa and globally to address;
SDG 4 – Quality Education
SDG 5 – Gender Equality
SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities & Communities
SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals
As part of addressing SDG 4 and 5, DreamOval Foundation introduced FemITI to dispell the belief that STEM and IoT courses and programmes are for boys. The DreamOval Foundation is breaking the myth and demystifying the perception around girls exploring and having careers in the tech space.
After an hour’s journey to the location for the Bootcamp, the girls quickly launched into the activities of the day with an ice-breaker session. Amid laughter and excitement, the girls enjoyed a game of riddles to refresh their memory of what they learnt over the 8 week period of intensive training in October and November.
Mr Francis Ahene-Affoh welcomed the girls to the Bootcamp and encouraged them to learn everything they could over the period. Shortly after this, lunch was served to refresh the girls.
Lady Omega led an entrepreneurship session with the girls on the topic ‘Introduction to Lean Startup’. She taught them the basics of being an entrepreneur and starting a company a lean way. The girls were given a project to understand how the lean startup could be implemented.