The International Girl Child day is marked on 11th October, and as a way to mark the 2nd United Nations International day of the Girl Child, Intel has announced its collaboration with Akirachix to launch a country initiative that will help see more girls embrace technology.
This launch comes after Last week's global announcement by Intel Corporation on a new program dubbed asShe Will Connect that commits to expand digital literacy skills to young women in developing countries.
She Will Connect Initiative is also an initiative out to reduce the gender and technology gap around the world which is as a result of groundbreaking "Women and the Web" report released in January. Intel will begin the initiative in Africa where the gender gap is greatest by aiming to reach 5 million women and reduce the gender gap by 50 percent.
Speaking during a press briefing Agatha Gikunda, Intel East Africa's software and Service Lead said, " Diversity is crucial to succeed in new technologies. We are convinced that technology and education have real power to fuel transformative change and hence the reason Intel is collaborating with other industry players such as Akirachix to see as many girls as possible make a mark in the technology world."
Findings from the Ground Breaking "Women and the Web" report, revealed concrete data on enormous internet Gender gap in the developing world and the social and economic benefits of securing internet access for women.
The report also issued a call to action for stakeholders to double the number of women, and girls online in developing countries in 3 years thus the Initiative will show Intel's loyalty to this action by also pushing the concept of digital literacy forward through new, innovative and scalable models.
This innovative ways might include Online gaming Platform, where Intel will develop an Online gaming platform to innovate the delivery of digital literacy content through an interactive, engaging approach for smartphones and tablets in game infused environment, where as one can still learn in a meditated environment , individually, across devices and in the context of a peer network.
Secondly, Intel and World Pulse are working together to integrate World Pulse's digital empowerment training into existing digital literacy programs and connect women to a safe and supportive peer network. Women will get to share ideas, find support and mentorship and also find relevant content tailored for women this will help push the field of digital literacy so learning can take place not only as an individual in a shared computing environment but also through peers.
"In a continent where women form a majority of the population and half of the work force. It is an anomaly that the percentage of women working in Technology is less than 15%.Technology is one of the key factors driving Africa's projected economic rise. As much, we welcome Intel's partnership as we believe there is enormous potential for maximizing the growth of technology through increasing the number and quality of women in technology within programs that collaborate with like-minded organizations," said Linda Kamau, Vice President of Akirachix.