Girl Geek Connect

Girl Geek Connect

Girl Geek programme is aimed at educating and raising young girls to be future women in STEM. We do this by linking young girls to University students who will mentor them by providing clear career guidance and opportunities available for them if they pursue STEM degrees. The University students will expose the girls to degrees available in STEM at University. Most girls from previously disadvantaged communities have no exposure to STEM degrees. As a result, there are very few of them pursuing STEM tracks at University. They can’t become what they have never seen.

Statistics such as those released by the Institute of Information Technology Professionals (IITPSA) state that 56% of global ICT professional jobs are held by women, but in South Africa – where women comprise 55% of the country’s entire workforce – only 20% of the ICT workforce are women. Potential is a terrible thing to waste. Despite the growing demand for STEM-related professionals, many learners still fail to take advantage of the immense opportunity this demand creates. There has been an accelerating importance of technical knowledge in the past 20 years. Yet fewer and fewer learners from a disadvantaged background are choosing Maths and Science in high school. Their visible heroes are still athletes, entertainers and celebrities. Statistically, these are improbable avenues towards prosperity.

A failure to recognize this incongruence comes with a high opportunity cost. A veritable gold mint is open to those who acquire the kinds of specialized knowledge and skills our society runs on. The opportunity is further enhanced by another phenomenon, the internet.

The internet has made knowledge virtually free but access remains a barrier for poor young people in the developing world. We believe these facts, considered in combination, lead to an obvious conclusion: Despite all of the information available, there’s a gross lack of inspiration available. Inspiration fuels aspiration, especially when it’s accompanied by an explicit roadmap to success and a little direct guidance.

The Solution

Africa Teen Geeks Girl Geek Connect platform is aimed at educating and raising young girls to be future women in STEM.

We do this by linking young girls to University students who will mentor them by providing clear career guidance and opportunities available for them if they pursue STEM degrees. The University students will expose the girls to degrees available in STEM at University. Most girls from previously disadvantaged communities have no exposure to STEM degrees. As a result, there are very few of them pursuing STEM tracks at University. They can't become what they have never seen.

The platform links University students to professional mentors who are leaders and trailblazers in the career who will mentor them. The platform will make it easy for Universities and companies to discover the best talent and provide them with bursaries and internships.