Coding at Kinder Circle School

We so excited with the progress made with the coding classes at Kinder Circle School. We run a pilot of introducing coding to a school’s curriculum where every student from Class 1 to JSS 3 learns to code as part of the school’s syllabus. We hired an amazing trainer Mustapha Zaidan Speaks who conducts the training. He started off introducing the children in the lower class to how to type well with Mavis beacon in a fun and engaging way.He then went on to teach all the children at various stages the steps in website development.

We have learnt a lot from this pilot and take the feedback to improve on our service delivery and ultimate goal of introducing coding to all schools in Ghana. It is amazing to see what the children have developed and hear the testimonials.

The children also go the opportunity display their coding skills at an event organized for parents called Kinder Fest.

We are so grateful to the leadership of Kinder Circle School for the opportunity to work with them and understanding the importance of teaching children the language of the future and giving them the skills to be successful in today’s digital world.

We will soon start having coding classes for children in Kumasi as the academy has expanded its services to kumasi. We will announce the dates soon. #soronkoacademy #buildingthefuture

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling by Starting Our Own Enterprises

Our C.E.O enjoyed being on the panel for British Council Ghana first #SocialThursday for 2018 which was dubbed; ‘Women of Impact:Breaking the Glass Ceiling by Starting Our Own Enterprises’. The day comprised of an exhibition which showcased 10 female-owned social enterprises, a story circle for female entrepreneurs making a social/environmental impact led by the Butterfly Effect. She shared the stage with Sara Nana Yeboah– CEO, Sangy Nursing Services, ABENA BRIGIDI ABENA BRIGIDI – CEO, Nimed Capital Limited, Valentina Martha Aba Sam – Industrial Promotion Officer (IPO), Ministry of Trade and Industry and Angela Asante- Essah – Presidential Advisor on Gender and Development, Office of the President. It was a very candid conversation and a lot of great insights was shared. Congrats to Larisa Bowen-Dodoo and the team at British Council Ghana for organizing a great event. The session was moderated by fellow Ashesi University Alum @Naa A.Quaynor-Mettle. She was incredible!

Women and Digital Skills Program

Women and Digital Skills program is a coding and digital skill training initiative for women run at Soronko Academy in partnership with Stinsad Consult and USA for AFRICA. As part of the program, we invite influential women who have excelled in their inustry to speak to our trainees on topical issues, every Friday.

Friday March 16 edition featured Miss Venus Tawiah, Director at Now Available Africa.

Miss Venus touched on very interesting topics that speak to the heart of digital engagement such as, the internet, digital skills and content creation in one’s own identity. She also spoke about her organization, Now Available Africa

Now Available Africa innovates and designs brand new strategies to create their own approach to advertising, based on their knowledge of what is viable and appreciated in Africa and their wealth in local and international experience.

We had an amazing time with our guest and the trainees were equally excited by every line of her speech. They felt educated, informed and inspired. She started the session with letting the trainees take a selfie and tag Now Available Africa and Soronko Academy. This demonstrated how we all stay connected and curate our own content

World Autism Awareness Day

“On World Autism Awareness Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to promote the full participation of all people with autism, and ensure they have the necessary support to be able to exercise their rights and fundamental freedoms.”-
Secretary-General António Guterres.Let us accept, understand and love them!

We am so proud of Alice Mamaga Akosua Amoako and the work she is doing at Autism Ambassadors Of Ghana. It is a pleasure to partner with her and her organization ahead of the launch of the Autism Aid App, the first Android app for Autism in West- Africa. She held an amazing in-house session with the team and we learnt so much about autism

As an organization we have a personal connection to supporting children with autism. Our project manager Delphina Agyare did an amazing job of developing a coding curriculum to teach children with autism how to code. She also worked with an autistic child and taught the child to code and build a website. #womenintech #womensupportingwomenDownload the Autism Aid App from the Google Play Store or dial *800*24# on any network to get access to support services for children with Autism

https://www.modernghana.com/news/842307/soronko-academy-partners-with-autism-ambassadors-of-ghana-ah.html

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International Women’s Day

We had another amazing session with our ladies from our Women In Digital Skills training. To celebrate International Womens Day we had 4 young achievers who are blazing the trail in their industries come and speak to us. We were all inspired by their journey and how they turned their challenges into triumphs using technology as a tool. We celebrated Nura Abdul Rahman, Laurie Frempong, Adu Amani and Naa Oyoo Kumodzi. You ladies were really great and on behalf of the team at Soronko Academy and our mentors we celebrate you.

Women in Digital Skills Training Program

We are excited to start our Women in Digital Skills Training Program. We had orientation to meet the women, hear their stories and make sure that we meet their expectations as well as the goals for program. We will be working with 28 women including some women from tamale. This is going to be a life changing experience. All of the women did not know what coding is and only one had an idea what blogging is. An interesting trend was that more than half of the women are shy. We will change that!

This is going to be a technical and soft skills training. The women will learn computer basics, blogging, social media and how to build a website. There will be soft skills training in leadership, entrepreneurship, public speaking, work etiquette, confidence building finance and money management etc At the end of training the women will be connected with internship and mentorship in industries of choice where they can add values with their digital skills. We also hope to help launch the business that will be started after the training.

One big expectation is that all the women will pay it forward and go back to their communities and use their new skills to make a difference.Special thanks to Stinsad Consult, USA for Africa for making this possible. To Gabriel Addai Duah Finanacial Inclusion Manager at FirsTrust Savings and Loans for offering to teach Finanacial literacy and all the support we have received.

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GREATXx

Our C.E.O had a great time engaging with the British High Commission on two amazing events. She first shared her story and her work as part of the speakers on the #GREATx. #GREATx was a TED like event on the theme: ‘This is Ghana-Breaking barriers’. I shared the stage with other amazing individuals like Hayford Siaw the Chief Executive Officer(Ag) of the Ghana Library Authority on using technology to overcome barriers in education, the GhanaSat 1 Satellite Team who launched a satellite in space, Joseph Awuah Darko on turning electronic waste into art.

Then we had the opportunity to watch Paddington 2 a 2017 British live-action animated comedy film,based on the stories of the character Paddington Bear at Silverbird Cinemas Accra Mall. We attended with our new partner school that we will be working with. La-Bawaleshi Presbyterian. It was so much fun. The girls and my team enjoyed the movie. We also got the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Paddington Bear

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