The first of its kind in Ethiopia: UoG invests in the future of young female programmers

The ICT Directorate at the University of Gondar on 8 July 2017 did something unprecedented. In an effort to enhance training in the computer and technology field the University of Gondar has pledged to educate Gondar’s clever female students. The training program is called GCC and it stands for Girls Can Code. It is a program initiated by American universities to assist up and coming female students to take up the subject. Now, at the University of Gondar, up to 35 students, from grades 9-12, have applied and are on course to code.

The Girls Can Code Club is exceptional in its approach to educate the high achieving female students in Gondar city. Many students will enjoy the benefits of this well thought out program. With 4 types of trainings, the diversified methods that will be used are sure to fast track the advanced level these young girls seek. In the beginning, for 1 week, the girls will be educated in the art of basic computer training to brush up on some old techniques they learned in their own school curriculum. Then for another week they will learn basic networking training. These two initial preparations will allow the students to grow accustomed to the jargon and procedural techniques required to proceed in the program.

Once they have finished their 2 weeks of basic training the high achievers from Gondar will then move on to basic website development and basic programming which will take 3 weeks each to finish. The sum of all the training will conclude in a 2-month time frame.

Mr. Esuyawkal Sisay the senior networking administrator at the ICT Directorate when interviewed spoke of the need to incorporate young females into computer programming. There is a void in computer science where males are predominantly in the forefront. Not only in Ethiopia, but in more developed nations as well. But according to the networking administrator girls have the ability to make a difference in the field. “Technology usage and innovation is weak in the country,” he said “thus, the country needs to start from the bottom and expose the youthful talent in lower level grades to better grasp science and technological advancement. Especially female innovators are the key.”

With over half of the population of the country being female it is time to utilize the vast potential that they will offer. The first annual GCC training that will take place this summer is just the beginning. Following this milestone achievement, continuing next year, UoG will do the same to provide technical training in the art of science and technology. This focus, which would especially encompass computer programming, will motivate our bright female scholars who will be our innovative leaders of tomorrow.

Samuel Malede UoG Public & International Relations Directorate