We partner with A-league Consult

With our Women in Digital Skills class, we don’t only train the women in digital skills but also soft skills such as leadership, entrepreneurship, public speaking, how to pitch, how to take an interview, how to sell yourself and create a brand and how to communicate effectively.

Communication is important in every organization. Everything we do in our workplaces results from communication. Therefore good reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are essential in our day-to-day interactions with people. This allows us to form connections, influence decisions, and motivate change.

So we are fortunate to partner with A-League Consult (independent human capital development training provider) to have a soft skills session every Friday for the women. The session is lead by an accomplished Communications and Leadership expert, Mr John Affaidzi Appiah

Mr. John Appiah has extensive media experience in Ghana. He has worked as a presenter on New Day Breakfast show on TV3 Ghana, a producer and an on-air panelist and editor of 3FM’s Sunrise Morning Show. He has also worked as one of the producers on Joy FM’s flagship programmes, The Super Morning and News File. He was also the communication manager of the British Hign Commission

John is the best at what he does. His sessions are engaging, informative, insightful, excellent and life-changing. He has a gift and talent and is taking time from his busy schedule running a hospital in Koforidua to train the women. Please if you know John say thank you for me.

Now all my staff has asked for permission to join his class. We all loved his session. I recommend John Affaidzi Appiah and his company49688554_1985063871606558_3986791040186056704_o50217972_1985065141606431_6793704424712699904_o50469959_1985062238273388_723357069142392832_o50502208_1985062794939999_4207833112622661632_o A-League Consult check it out and thank me later

I am excited to see the transformation with the women after the training and to work with John and A-League Consult to impact lives across the continent..#mydigitalskills

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Women in Digital Skills go to the Volta Region

We started this year looking to expand and reach out to more women and girls across the country. On January 4 2019, we embarked on a journey to Agbozume in the Volta Region, to pay a working visit to the Talent Hunt Foundation – TAHUF

Talent Hunt Foundation aims to develop human resource capacity needs of the Volta Region and the country at large, through seminars, training and award schemes. They have been doing an amazing job for 13 years and I invite others to learn more about them

The visit by the Academy was to continue an established relationship and assess their developmental needs to enable the academy tailor its curriculum to help solve their emerging challenges in the region using technology and empower the women and girls with digital skills to help them reach their full potential
I had an informal session with the beneficiaries of the foundation. This segment was to get to know them more and the challenges that confront them. I also decided to share my story to inspire women. In fact one lady who previously taught learning Technology was a waste of time decided to start learning and called her mother to let her know. The power of a story!

My team also had a one-on-one segment with individual participants to collect data to help us tailor make our curriculum to ensure that the technical and soft skills they will acquire will help them connect with more opportunities in the region. The Founder of the foundation, Mawufemor Kofi Folivi, was grateful for the visit and expressed his appreciation to Soronko Academy team.

We look forward to working together to transform the lives of the women and girls in Agbozume and a fruitful partnership with Talent Hunt Foundation – TAHUF

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Women in Tech Illustrated Book

It was such a pleasure to be part of a project by Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development Germany (BMZ) to eliminate the barriers of women being highly underrepresented in the growing global tech sector and support women’s participation in the digital economy.

BMZ published an illustrated book in English and German with portraits of female role models from the tech industry. The book traces biographies of inspiring women in the tech sector from industrial and developing countries.

I made the cover and I am so proud to be able to tell my story and inspire and also be inspired by all the amazing women in the book.

When I started my tech journey I struggled to find female role models. I wish I had such a book. This is my new bedtime story book for my daughter. We will read a story a night and I know she will grow up knowing that she can be or do whatever she sets her mind to do.

Special Shout-out to Larisa Akrofie from @Levers in heels who worked on some of the interviews and gathering the stories. I am also glad I am captured in my beautiful Vlisco

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Launch of Corporate Gender Diversity Index & Female African Superhero

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The much-anticipated launch of the Gender Diversity Index Project, Digital Skills Assessment Tool and female African Superhero Character, came-off on Friday, at the premises of Soronko Academy. Soronko Academy is the first coding and Human Centered Design School in West Africa. It is a space where innovation meets creativity. Here, there is the acquisition of technical, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

The event was graced by important personalities and people from all walks of life. The MC of the day, Mr. John Appiah, inaugurated the ceremony and asked the women present to share their thoughts on how they balance work and family lives. The respondents gave insightful contributions and suggestions on how to maintain an optimal balance between work and family life.

The founder of Heighten Up, Miss Doreen Cofie, spoke about the gender diversity project which is being run in partnership with Soronko Academy with support from Open Society Foundations and officially got it launched. The gender diversity index is an annual national ranking of the performance of organizations in promoting gender diversity in their corporate environment. The report will analyze the performance of all participating institutions; with a greater analysis on fields with fewer women (STEM fields).

The report will delve deeper into the impact of gender diversity on the business performance of participating institutions. For organizations to list as part of the project, they must be registered Ghanaian Institutions.

The CEO of Soronko Academy, Mrs. Regina Honu, spoke about the Skills Assessment Tool for digital jobs for women, a project which is jointly being undertaken in collaboration with MasterCard Foundation. The skills assessment tool is to aid women to access digital jobs and help women to know if they are trainable or employable after they take the test.

She shed more light on the research conducted so far, on the gap between the skills young people had and the skills needed in today’s workplace especially when it came to digital jobs.The new African Superhero who has special digital skills superpowers was also unveiled on the day. The female superhero, named Rama, is the character designed to inspire girls and women to acquire digital skills and learn to create technology. She will be the face of the Skills Assessment which is available at http://www.mydigitalskills.org. Prior to the unveiling, a prequel of the character’s life was read which enthralled the audience.

There was a cake-cutting segment to fully launch the various initiatives and also to commemorate International Women’s Day. Indeed, it was an exciting evening with lots of great conversations, networking, food, music, innovation and creativity highlighted and showcased.

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Our CEO meets Angela Merkel

From our CEO

“I had an interesting session in a closed-door meeting with 7 other amazing startups in the ecosystem as we met and interacted with Chancellor Angela Merkel and her delegation on her one day visit to Ghana. First I would like to commend Impact Hub Accra for the great work they are doing and being such amazing hosts. I loved how I could stand out in my beautiful Vlisco fabric and dress. I also had to share how I am proud Ashesi University alum and let her know it is the Best University in Ghana. I am glad how our ecosystem is growing and evolving and how we are now collaborating more.”

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Our Mentor gets Chevening Schorlarship

Yesterday I was at the British High Commissioners residence to celebrate with an amazing young woman that I am so proud of. I met Nura when she was in the second year of University at Ashesi University. I had gone to give a talk and she was thinking about if she should do business or MIS. I shared how my first coding class beat me proper and I wanted to change courses. I didn’t and worked hard til I loved my coding and computer science class. I talked about Tech Needs Girls and she signed up to be a mentor. She designed a course to teach Alice Programming to our girls She volunteered for some programs and attended an open house ceremony we had for mentors and mentees where she met the CEO of Dreamoval impressed him and got an internship and then a full-time job

When she told me she was applying for CheVening ScholarShip I was excited and read over her essay which was brilliant. I got the opportunity to speak at #GreatX a Tedx styled event organized by the British High Commission and I did a shameless plug to say how brilliant she is and how she deserves the scholarship. I spoke to some alumni of the scholarship to get tips for her interview.

Long post short Nura Abdul Rahman got the Chevening Scholarship and invited me to share this amazing moment with her. Out of 50,000 applications, she was part of the selected 22. She is going to study for a Master’s in Information Technology at the University of Glasgow. She is passionate about giving back and supporting more women and girls to study and pursue careers in Tech.

I can’t wait for her to get back and us working together. I love how she keeps chasing her dreams and works hard. She is a great role model. I and the entire @Tech needs Girls family to congratulate her!! Congratulations to all the other amazing Chevening scholars

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