GIRL CODE: TEEN GIRLS IN GHANA LEARN CODING AT A LOCAL MOSQUE

What better way to make a girl love herself than to help her learn more?

 

Stairs inside of a mosque in Ghana lead up to a classroom full of tables and computers. Each week, the classroom located in Lima (a slum in Accra) transforms into a girl power tech session led by entrepreneur Regina Agyare.

Agyare, who is the founder of software development company Soronko Solutions, told CNN, “‘When the parents are praying [downstairs], we are teaching the girls upstairs.'” The businesswoman first met the girls in January of last year when she went to head a seminar as part of her mentorship program Tech Needs Girls. Agyare says she fell in love with the girls, “‘so I decided to set up a coding club and started having regular sessions.'”

The students are a part of Achievers Ghana, an education initiative started by Amadu Mohammad and Amina Ismael. Achievers in Ghana supports over 200 girls as they pursue their education, identifying vulnerable children and providing scholarships so that they can attend school.

Agyare has now evolved what was supposed to be one seminar into a weekly meetup where university women join her in teaching the Nima girls. About fifty girls in each class partner with their mentor to learn HTML.

 

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