5 African organizations have been selected as winners of the 2014 edition of the Google (Roots in Science and Engineering) Awards, which provide funding to organizations around the world that engage girls and underrepresented students in extracurricular computer science programs.
The award in its 5th year will provide $1.5 million to 42 organizations in 19 countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda. These organizations provide students with the resources they need to succeed in the field.
Presented below are the awardees:
Africa ICT Right | Accra, Ghana
Africa ICT Right (AIR) is a non-profit organization established in 2007 with the aim of addressing the critical need for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and training in underserved communities in Ghana as well as close the gender gap in the technology sectors. They partner with schools, technology companies and community organizations to hold free extracurricular after-school program for high school girls.
Audax Solutions Ltd. | Lagos, Nigeria
Audax Code School is an initiative of Audax Solutions Limited, an IT training and consulting company based in Lagos, Nigeria. They are committed to the cause of bridging the opportunity divide between African children and their age mates around the world through high quality STEM education. Together with local and international partners, they offer an in-depth Introduction to Computer Programming in a fun and collaborative environment.
Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHub) | Lagos, Nigeria
The Co-Creation Hub Nigeria runs an intensive 9-week program that teaches students how to program robots and pairs them with mentors from the tech community.
Coders4Africa | Gaithersburg, Maryland
Coders4Africa (C4A) provides young African coders the infrastructure, logistics and gateway to free, high-quality training in technologies and platforms that currently dominate the software development industry. C4A trainees work on real projects for real clients while receiving a fundamental training in mobile/web application development. This business-oriented approach is designed to open new markets for outsourcing activities in Africa, and creating a workforce that can build technical solutions to local problems.
Mbarara University of Science and Technology | Mbarara, Uganda
Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) is Uganda’s second public university, whose mission is “to provide quality and relevant education at national and international level with particular emphasis on science and technology and its application to community development”. MUST works to bridge the gender gap by focusing on community outreach programs that encourage girl to pursue STEM courses, such as inspirational talks, TV talk shows and an annual residential camp.