National Female Pre-tech Training 8th Day

Significant progress has been seen in the skills the participants have acquired during these past 7 days of the National Pre-Tech training program. On the 8th day, the ladies were introduced to the python programming language.

Python is a general-purpose programming language which helps programmers write clear and logical code for small and large-scale projects. Their trainer emphasized on the fact that python could run on all operating systems and many other reasons why the programming language was highly recommended. These included its ability to handle all ranges of work effectively, from simple to complex and how easy its syntax is.

The students were exposed to areas of study, where python could be applied.
These included Server-side Web Development, Mathematics, Robotics and Artificial intelligence (AI) among many others. Software engineer, Data Analyst, Web Developer and AI/Robotics engineer were mentioned as career paths available for a python programmer.

Participants installed python on their laptops and executed their first python program. Related concepts such as data types, indentation, functions, variables were made clear to the ladies. The trainer made a conscious effort to explain how some of these concepts were applied differently in other programming languages.

Our CEO, Mrs Regina Honu visited Dansyn Innovation Social Organization-Dansyn ISO and Northern Innovation Lab to interact with the leaders, trainers and participants. She also observed the class and shared her entrepreneurial journey, the benefits of learning to create technology, how to overcome your fears and make an impact.

After lunch, there was a recap of all that had been studied that day and then, the participants wrote different functions to solve simple mathematical problems.

This ended the session for the day. On the 9th, the women will continue to explore more on the Python programming language. #PretechDiaries #GhanaTechLabImage may contain: 1 personImage may contain: 1 personImage may contain: 2 people, people standingImage may contain: one or more peopleImage may contain: one or more people and laptop

Day 7 of The National Pre-tech Training

Day 7 of the National Pre-tech Training program began with a recap of what participants learnt the previous day. The ladies continued to delve further into JavaScript; expanded the conditions they wrote by including ‘’else if’’. The trainers then introduced them to three ways of writing loops by using “for’’, ‘’for each’’ and ‘’while’’ in JavaScript.

With hands-on practicals, participants came up with different concepts using the ‘’for’’ loop and “for each’’. They also revised what arrays are, how to define them and what they are used for. Some of them came up with an array of services for their websites, others also came up with a list of food menus for their restaurant’s websites.

Later, they discussed the functions in JavaScript. The trainers taught them how to write and use functions.

In conclusion, the trainers showed them how they can use JavaScript codes in an HTML file. On this note, they completed the lessons on JavaScript. #PretechDiaries.Image may contain: 3 people, people sitting, table and indoorImage may contain: one or more people and people sittingImage may contain: 2 people, people sittingImage may contain: 1 personImage may contain: one or more people, people sitting and text

National Female Pre-tech Training Day 6

Day 6 of the National Female Pre-tech Training began with an Introduction to JavaScript. The trainer explained Javascript as a programming language that allows us to program behaviors into our projects or websites. The trainer stated that JavaScript is not Java. He used the example of Java is to Water as JavaScript is to watermelon.

They then moved on to discuss Variables. Variables were said to store pieces of information such as numbers or strings so they can use them later in their programs. They learned how to declare or define a variable and how to assign data to it. They talked about two different ways to do this. That is, you could define a variable and assign a value for that variable in one statement or you could separate it.
After this, they wrote sample variables in Grasshopper. They made use of those variables later in their application. Next, they talked about the Boolean data type. This data type was said to hold only true or false values.

Participants practiced with more examples on variables of the Boolean data type. They also talked about Arrays. These were said to store a list of data values. The trainer gave them the syntax for defining Array variables.
The next programming concept they talked about was how to add logic to their programs. The first one was writing conditions and making their programs respond in different ways when different conditions by using the ‘’if’’, ‘’else’’ “else if” statements. The trainers taught them how to do comparisons; the equal to, greater than, less than, greater than or equal to, less than or equal to, etc. They practiced with different statements with all of these conditions.

Resuming from lunch break, they had a Kahoot session to test and refresh their knowledge on what they had learned so far.

Our CEO, Mrs. Regina Honu visited Grassroots Hub to interact with the leaders, trainers, and participants, observe the class and share her entrepreneurial journey, the benefits of learning to create technology, how to overcome your fears, and make an impact.

At this point, participants are familiar with the Internet, Content Management Systems(WIX), Integrated Development Environments, HTML 5, CSS, and now JavaScript. #PretechDiariesImage may contain: 1 person, closeupImage may contain: one or more peopleImage may contain: 3 people, people standingImage may contain: one or more people, people sitting, table and indoorImage may contain: one or more people, people sitting and indoorImage may contain: one or more people, people sitting and indoor

The National Female Pre-tech Training, Day 5

Cascading Style Sheet(CSS) is used to set the style in web pages that contain HTML elements. It sets the background colour, font-size, font-family, colour, etc.

There are three types of CSS which are inline CSS, Internal CSS and External CSS.

Participants were introduced to inline and internal CSS on day 4.

On day five, they were exposed to External CSS, which was the last

type of CSS presentation.

The trainers proceeded to what Content Management Systems [CMS] are

and how they are used. They used WIX CMS for practical lessons, where the women were tasked to create accounts and set up their first WIX websites.

They edited the webpages, by editing pictures and texts.

Based on the participants’ interests and passion, they selected different themes that best described their products or services. They also added and managed custom features like a booking service, hotel reservations, listing of restaurant menus among others.

The trainers encouraged the women to relate their websites to their

personal interests and take time on their own to explore more features on

Wix before their next meeting. #PretechDiariesImage may contain: 1 personImage may contain: one or more peopleImage may contain: one or more people, people sitting and indoorImage may contain: one or more people, people sitting, screen and indoor

Fourth Day Of The National Female Pre-tech Training

On day four of the National Pre-tech Training, we continued our Web Development training.

The trainer did a recap of what they learnt on Day 3 and they assisted some of the students who were having challenges with their tags.

The students continued with HTML 5 tags such as list tags example, ordered and unordered tags and table tags. The trainers also introduced them to how forms are created in HTML5 and they used tags like text area, select, input, button, option and so on. The trainers inspected every individual work as demonstrated to them on the screen. They wanted to make sure every individual was doing the right thing.

Next, they went on a lunch break, they were provided with delicious meals. They resumed to class shortly after the break to continue with their lessons. During the second part of the day, the students started with the Cascading Style Sheet (CSS). The trainers stated that CSS describes how HTML elements are to be displayed on a screen. They also mentioned that there are three ways of presenting CSS, that is the inline CSS, the internal CSS and the external CSS.

Participants were taken through inline and internal CSS. The trainers showed students examples and illustrated the two to give them better comprehension. This session was very practical and interactive. The class continues tomorrow with externals of CSS and we eagerly wait to see the progress these women would make. #PretechDiariesImage may contain: one or more people and laptopImage may contain: one or more people and people sittingImage may contain: 5 people, people sitting and indoorImage may contain: one or more people

National Pre-tech Training Program Day Three

Day three’s session began with a Kahoot game where the ladies did a recap of what they had learned from the previous session. The ladies had so much fun playing this game and every one of them was eager to win the prize. In the end, we got a winner and they all seem excited.

The trainers began the day’s lesson with a continuation of what they did on Tuesday, the 23rd of June 2020. They introduced the day’s topic; which was an Introduction to HTML5. Participants were taken through the definition of HTML and then they explained HTML as the standard for displaying information in a web browser. The trainers took them through the attributes and tags in HTML5.

Students were also given a brief history of HTML when Html 5 was released. The trainers added that the current version we have is 5.2 but, it is called HTML5. Additionally, they explained a website as the collection of one or more HTML pages and the HTML tags were described as what tells the browser how to display specific content.

The trainers gave an example of HTML as a house and tags as the blocks used in the building of the house. They also defined what a tag is and stated that there are two types of tags; the paired and unpaired tags. Students were shown examples of each of these tag types, they were also given graphic examples like Instagram and citifmonline.com’s websites.

Next, they moved on to tag attributes. The trainers explained that these tags were used to specify special behaviours for tags.

Afterwards, they went on a lunch break. They were treated to a sumptuous meal and good music. The session resumed shortly with discussions on the elements and structure of HTML. The trainers took each tag in the structure and explained it thoroughly to the students. This session was very practical and interactive, some students took turns to help out students who needed help. It was fulfilling to see the excitement on the faces of the participants, anytime they experienced the effects of their codes in their browsers.

They ended the session by completing the heading tags, paragraph, image, bold, italic, hr, and anchor tag. The class came to a close after this.

The next session promises to be very practical and we are keenly waiting for it. #PreTechDiariesImage may contain: one or more peopleImage may contain: 2 people, people sitting and indoorImage may contain: one or more people, people sitting and indoorImage may contain: 1 person, sitting, laptop and screen

Day 2 Of The National Female Pre-tech Training Program

The second day of the National Female Pre-tech Training Program commenced with a recap of the previous lessons.

At Soronko Academy, Mrs Regina Honu shared her entrepreneurial journey, the benefits of learning to create technology, how to overcome your fears and make an impact.

The trainers for the various hubs across the country introduced the topic of the day; The Developer Environment. They explained the developer environment as a combination of all the tools that are required to do the developer’s work. The topical issue was on Code Editors, Debuggers, Web server and Version Control systems. The trainers explained to the students why they couldn’t use MsWord and why there is a need for specific code editors to edit codes.

Participants were taken through the process of downloading, installing, and the interfaces of the studio editor. The various trainers showed them how to create a new file, folders, bulk searching, and replacing and the installation of plugins. The women were also introduced to the UI tools within the visual studio for managing a version control system.

The version control system was explained and the trainers used examples such as dropbox and google drive in their demonstrations. The next thing they hinted on was the Git. They explained Git as a version control system used to track changes and share these changes with other people on a team.

The ladies were served with delectable meals for lunch and shortly after, they recommenced to complete the day’s lessons. The trainers introduced participants to Github, how to put their files on git for the first time, and also highlighted the importance and roles Github plays in the environment of a developer.

Participants were then taken through the process of creating accounts on Github and the various stages involved in adding or making changes. Most of the students encountered some challenges where the trainers showed them how to fix that particular error.

This session was very interactive; students kept asking questions on the topic of the day and the trainers were always available to answer them and to also give them clarity on the subject matter. They ended the day’s class at the “Getting Started Page” on Github. We are really elated about their progress and we can’t wait to see what they would build.Image may contain: one or more people and people sittingImage may contain: 1 person, sitting and indoorImage may contain: 3 people, people sitting, table and indoorImage may contain: 1 person, sitting, table and indoorImage may contain: one or more people and table

National Female Pre-tech Training Program Kick-started

The National Female Pre-tech Training Program kick-started on Monday, 22nd June 2020 in six different regions; Greater Accra, Eastern, Bono, North East, Upper East and Upper West regions across the country.

The training program is a partnership with Ghana Tech Lab as part of the Young Africa Works initiative with Mastercard Foundation, World Bank, Ministry of Communication, and five hubs and innovation spaces ( Eastern Hub, Yison Tech Hub, Northern Innovation Lab, Dansyn Ghana Limited and GrassRoots Hub). The program aims to deliver a free National Pre Tech Training program for women and girls in different regions in Ghana. This workshop is to ensure that the hubs can administer a gender-sensitive training course for women.

There were one hundred and twenty women in attendance across all the hubs in the regions. All the women were excited to learn about what the next two weeks of the training program will have them learn and the networking opportunities that come along with it

The various hubs began with an ice breaker activity; participants were introduced to the Kahoot game and an activity called; “two truths, one lie”. This activity helped in getting everyone to know each other better.

The trainers introduced themselves and took them through the course outline for the program. Next, they moved on to the topic of the day which was the Internet.

The trainers explained to the students what the internet is, what it’s not, and how it worked. He defined the internet as a global system of interconnected computer networks communicating with each other.

The class was interactive as students were sharing ideas on the topic. The trainers gave an example of how telecommunications in Ghana were connected to their phones.

They clarified that the web runs on the technology of the internet. They illustrated with an example of how WhatsApp couldn’t function without their mobile phones.

Finally, the participants were taken through an exercise where they were asked to connect their laptops to the internet, to search for www.menti.com. Menti.com is used to create presentations with real-time feedback. They were made to give feedback on what they had learned, their fears, and strengths, their expectations, and passion.

The women were excited to be given the platform to express their views and opinions. The trainers advised and answered questions the participants had during this exercise. This was to enlighten them about the program.

Afterwards, the participants were treated to lunch and good music. The class resumed shortly after the lunch break and the ladies were taken through the World Wide Web, Web Server, and Web client. They explained that it is important to know these, however, they would go through the practical aspects. The ladies seem satisfied with what they had learned. The class continues tomorrow and we look forward to getting to know all the participants better and see their knowledge grow.

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National Pre-Tech Train The Trainer Workshop

Soronko Academy had the opportunity to facilitate a two-day session on “Gender Sensitization and Awareness Workshop” in collaboration with Ghana Tech Lab for trainers from hubs across the nation. This workshop was to ensure that the hubs are able to administer a gender-sensitive training course for women. We kick-started day one with an ice breaker game which was administered by Miss Delphina Agyare. The objective of the game was for the trainees to understand their subconscious gender bias.

Next, we then had a session which was led by the C.E.O of Soronko Academy, Mrs. Regina Honu, which focused on “Deconstructing Gender in design thinking programs”. This session helped participants understand the whole concept of Gender and what it entailed. She highlighted the gender quota system.

This was followed by a video session that sparked a conversation on women who are successful in the technology space and how they can serve as role models for the women.

Miss Annette Agyare led the participants into a fun activity in Kahoot, which helped participants to synopsize what they have learned. Sex and Power were next on the agenda. Mrs. Regina Honu shared her story to throw more light on women in the technology space, the struggles they face, and their challenges. We ended the day with an Innovation Challenge which was a case study presented to the trainees. The trainees were to discuss and design an innovative approach to these 3 problems, “Presenting Advanced Technical Courses as an Interest for Women, Highlighting the Benefits of Advanced technical Courses and Ensuring Women Complete Advanced Technical Courses”. The trainees then split into groups and brainstormed and came up with amazing solutions. Each group presented their solutions and the winning team was awarded a prize.

Day 2 started off with a recap of day one with an activity. Mrs. Regina Honu led the Discussion and Co-Creation of the National Pre-TechTraining Curriculum. The trainees split up into groups and came up with amazing curriculums, which was discussed as a team. We then had a conversation on what success looks like, setting impact measurements Expectations, deliverables, and targets. This helped us to structure what success will look like at the end of the Pre-Tech Training in the different hubs. We agreed on several parameters to run the National Pre Tech Program.

We then had another fun Kahoot quiz on general knowledge and trivia. We ended the session with closing remarks from the facilitators. We had a Presentation of Certification session to award the trainees for completing the two-day workshop and being ready to administer the National Pre-Tech Training in their various hubs. Special recognition was given to Adija the only female participant. The program was a success and we believe the trainees were able to leave more gender-sensitive and ready to administer the training.

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The Virtual Launch Press Coverage

Hello All,

Thank you for your great support for the virtual launch of the Rotary/Soronko Girls Coding Project. We got a lot of great press coverage. We were highlighted on my joy online @ https://www.myjoyonline.com/…/soronko-academy-partners-ro…/…

News Ghana @ https://newsghana.com.gh/soronko-academy-and-rotary-club-s…/ and B&FT newspaper.

We are still receiving sign-ups for young women 17-25 years from disadvantaged backgrounds living in and around La Bawaleshie, Shiashie, Ogbojo, Mempasem, Okplongo, etc who want to learn coding and digital skills and be connected to job opportunities including working at a business solution center.

If you can or know someone who can benefit, please sign up here https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdY0vlOOxGEaR1MF…/viewform…

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