Intel has already trained and equipped teachers with necessary skills to start and run ICT clubs in 12 schools across Machakos, Nairobi, Kiambu and Kajiado counties and this donation is aimed at equipping additional ICT clubs in girls’ schools.
The donation was made during this year’s International Women’s Day celebrations at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development where Intel hosted over 100 girls from various secondary schools in an ICT Fair. The event saw winners walk away with tablets and laptops for their schools.
Speaking at the event, Mark Matunga Intel’s Head of Corporate Affairs in East Africa said, “There are relatively few girls pursuing studies in Science, Technology and Maths (STEM) subjects needed to gain the skills for careers in technology and engineering. Intel initiated the ICT clubs to inspire girls to pursue studies and careers in STEM. The program emphasizes problem-solving in real world issues because educating girls and also showing them how technology can help resolve these issues, has an important multiplier effect—expanding opportunities for families, communities and nation.”
This initiative is part of the Intel® She Will Connect program which aims to reduce the Internet gender gap around the world, through an innovative combination of digital literacy training, an online peer network, and gender-relevant content. As it stands, there are 25% fewer women than men online. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the size of the gap is 43%, the largest in regions studied.
The ICT clubs in girls’ schools and the computer donation underscores Intel’s commitment in advancing ICT skills for girls locally. “We believe that this will go a long way in closing the Internet gender gap and has an important multiplier effect of expanding opportunities for families, communities and nations”, said Matunga.