THE IDEA & WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT
We would like to celebrate the International Girls in ICT day on Saturday 25th April 2015 and invite 1000+ girls from rural schools in Uganda to participate in a one day seminar. The International Girls in ICT Day is an initiative backed by all International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Member States. It aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs).The Afchix Uganda community of women considers gender diversity in the Computer Science & ICT industry very critical for increased creativity and innovative performance of the industry. We believe that by exposing these rural girls to possible career opportunities in Computer Science & ICT, we will empower them to join technical fields confidently.AfChix Uganda is a chapter of AfChix Africa women in technology. One of our goals is to network with young girls and encourage them to consider careers in Computer Science and other technical fields.
In 2013 the AfChix Uganda community held 4 career guidance seminars targeting 1,250 girls from 4 urban schools. The volunteering AfChix members visited these schools on different dates. We learnt that such career guidance seminars were very important and would also benefit girls from rural based schools. We also learnt that it would be more economical in terms of time to get the girls to converge in one venue on a selected day. This would enable us to invite successful African women in technology to share their experiences and inspire the girls to pursue and excel in Science and Mathematics and hopefully gain entry into Computer Science and other Engineering careers. We shall give the girls handouts with information about the various careers in Computer Science & ICT. We will also interact with them and respond to their questions.
HOW MANY GIRLS WILL BENEFIT
More than 1000 girls from rural based schools in Uganda
We have secured a convenient venue for the Girls in ICT day celebrations at Uganda Christian University in Mukono, Uganda. We have a dynamic team who are ready to volunteer their time to help with the logistics. As their commitment to this event, the respective schools are facilitating the transport for their girls to and from Uganda Christian University. Please help us to inspire 1000 girls.
This is the breakdown of our costs:
- Printing & Stationary – USD 1100
- Refreshments – USD 2,770
- Promotional materials – USD 960
- Public Address System & Tents – USD 1000
- Power back up – USD 400
- Transport and Communication costs -USD 370
- Thank you gifts for Volunteers – USD 400
Total Budget: USD 7,000
If we receive USD 7,000 we will invite 1,000 girls from rural based schools in Uganda between the ages of 15-17. If we receive a smaller amount, we will scale back the number of girls to attend, accordingly.