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Tech4Dev to scale up digital skills for 1,466 women across Africa

Technology for Social Change and Development Initiative (Tech4Dev) has accepted a total of 1,466 beneficiaries to the Class of 2023 of the Women Techsters Fellowship from a pool of 14,509 completed applications and 77,000 attempted applications from 15 African countries.

The Women Techsters Fellowship is a free experiential technology learning and upskilling program for young girls and women between the ages of 16 to 40 across 15 African countries.

The women will be trained in Mobile Development, Software Development, Product Design, Product Management, Cybersecurity, Data Science/ Artificial Intelligence Engineering, Blockchain, and Mixed Reality/3D.

“We started the registration process in March 2022 and we had three stages of assessments for the beneficiaries and I can categorically say that we have selected the best based on the performance of beneficiaries across all three stages.

“I want to say congratulations to everyone who made it this far and I hope that the skills to be acquired during this learning phase will stand you out amongst your peers. Stay true to the program and I wish you the best,” Blessing Ashi, Women Techsters Initiative Lead, said.

The Women Techsters Fellowship, launched in 2021, is a year-long immersive training and experiential learning program for young girls and women across Africa to acquire deep tech skills through six months of intensive training, six-month internship, and mentorship.

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The initiative which is aimed at bridging the digital and technology knowledge divide between men and women as well as ensuring equal access to opportunities for all is focused on training five million across Africa by 2030.

A total of 1,167 women from Nigeria were admitted into the program out of 10,912 who applied. Kenya had the second-highest number of beneficiaries with 68 while 48 Ghanaian women were accepted.

Ethiopia has 32 beneficiaries in the program, Uganda has 29, and 24 South Africans have also been admitted for the 2022/23 calendar year. Egypt has 24, Mozambique 12, Madagascar 12, Tanzania 11, Algeria, and Sudan have six apiece.

Angola and Morocco have four students each in the program while DR Congo has a total of three students in the program.

In its first year, the Women Techsters Fellowship received over 4,800 applications from 19 countries and accepted 338 beneficiaries into the program, which is a seven percent acceptance rate from five countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, and South Africa.

“Congratulations for making it into the fellowship but I must tell you that this is the time to put in work because without putting in the effort, success may not be guaranteed. It takes long hours, sometimes sleepless nights but I can assure you that success is just around the corner if you stay dedicated,” Oladiwura Oladepo, Co-founder and Executive Director at Tech4Dev, said.

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