Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday when he paid a courtesy call at Apps and Girls offices, Tigo’s Managing Director, Simon Karikari said the digital lifestyle telecom company is committed to support the group which aims at supporting young girls and women to gain and develop skills in technology.
Karikari assured Apps and Girls members that those aspiring to become tech savvy entrepreneurs will get full support from Tigo under a new campaign dubbed ‘Tech is Female.’
He said technology is crucial tool in attaining gender balance in the country. “We have decided to support financially Apps and Girls in this campaign for the next 12 months. The support aims at facilitating the implementation of an innovative cyclical process where a group of carefully selected young girls and women will undergo training in advanced coding, entrepreneurship, and recruited into a special mentorship and incubation program,” the Tigo MD noted.
According to him, the ‘Tech is Female’ movement is aimed to provide equal access to technology to all girls and young women aged between 14 and 24 who are still attending school and those out of classrooms in the country.
“We at Tigo continue to create a digital generation through our partnership with Apps and Girls which means investing in young women as potential tech entrepreneurs, creators, role models and leaders, in Tanzania and across Sub-Saharan Africa,” Karikari added.
On her part, the founder of Apps and Girls, Carolyne Ekyarisiima said that the movement will run all year long. “Our target is to provide coding training to girls in 61 public secondary schools under the Tigo e-school program countrywide and to the out of school marginalized girls and young women.”
“We also want to acknowledge the Southern Africa Innovation Support Program (SAIS 2) and Innovation Fund for their support and investment in empowering young girls and women with digital skills,” said Ekyarisiima.
She added that the group’s outreach will go through a very rigorous process, where at the end, a cream of 30 girls and young women who will be inducted into the special mentorship and incubation program.