Alumni of the 2021 US government exchange program, TechWomen, mentored 30 teenage girls from African Church Grammar School, Ibadan in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The program, called “EduChamps” and supported by the US government, provided mentorship and skills training for girls to explore careers and business opportunities in STEM. Speaking at the closing ceremony, US Consulate Deputy Public Affairs Officer Jennifer Foltz said it was imperative that young girls have access to mentors in a variety of fields, who could help them gain skills. skills and build their confidence to consider higher education and careers. in STEM.
She noted that “EduChamps” is one of the US government’s initiatives to engage underserved communities, ensure gender parity, and provide opportunities for women and girls to help create prosperity. sustainable and inclusive economy.
“STEM education is the essential foundation for any country’s economic success. We are delighted to support this initiative which inspires young girls to consider STEM subjects in their future careers in order to solve global challenges.
TechWomen Fellow Damilola Asaleye said attracting more girls into tech would help close the gender gap in STEM fields. “With EduChamps, we are taking steps to improve inclusion and close the gender gap in STEM,” she added.
Through this initiative, TechWomen Fellows provided career advice to high school girls focusing on opportunities in the technology sector such as recycling, automotive engineering, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and space science .
Students also received school supplies such as school bags, school uniforms, textbooks, notebooks, writing materials and sanitary napkins to encourage them to stay in school.
In 2011, the US government launched the TechWomen program to empower the next generation of female leaders in technology. This exchange program brings women from Northern California together with their counterparts from the Middle East, Central Asia, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria, for professional mentorship in technology companies prominent in the United States.