Partnership with MEST Africa

We are excited to share that we have signed a partnership agreement with MEST Africa where we will be recommending top female talent from students at the academy to potentially become MEST Entrepreneurs in Training. If selected they will benefit from graduate-level entrepreneurial training in business, communications and software development, including extensive hands-on project work, culminating in a Final Pitch and the chance to receive seed funding($50K to $200K),public and private office space,full-time, on-site staff of business advisors and cross-functional experts and global presence . This is big for us since we are always looking for next step opportunities for the women and girls at the academy.

We have had some on our mentees go on to study Computer Science at University and now to become MEST Entrepreneurs in Training and get the support, training, and funding to build world-class technology companies gets us so excited.

We set out to bridge the gender gap in technology and ensure that women and girls are not left behind in the technology revolution and become economically independent. It is important that we have the female perspective in the technology that is created.

Step by step we are getting there. I believe partnerships are key and I am excited to see what the future will bring. Watch this space….

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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 are 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 learned 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 an orientation to meet the women, hear their stories and make sure that we meet their expectations as well as the goals for the 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 businesses 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 Financial Inclusion Manager at FirsTrust Savings and Loans for offering to teach Financial literacy and all the support, we have received.

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