“…I would like to encourage women in technology careers to create time to mentor and provide guidance to upcoming girls and young women in technology. “
Like a wave, battering and unwavering, Ruth Kaveke, has taken Mombasa like a storm with her Teknowgalz program.Pwani Teknowgalz is a community based organization that trains and mentors girls in high school and after high school with practical technology skills on website development.Some of the programs offered at Teknowgalz include STEM skills Code Hack, Stem Cafe Kenya,Technovation Girls, Mombasa Girls in STEM and Africa Code Week Girls Workshops.
…equip girls and young women with practical and employable skills on website development
The main aim of the organization is to equip girls and young women with practical and employable skills on website development so that they are able to support themselves and their families.
In a male-dominated industry, Ruth has not only stood out but also dominated and created a movement in the process. Her passion for computers emanated in her youth where she would spend most of her time in a cyber cafe. On joining high school she spent 90% of her time pursuing computer studies.
Her love for computer studies led her to pursue a career ICT at the Technical University of Mombasa, where she discovered that in a class of approximately sixty students only six of them were girls. That is when she came to a realization that this was a male-dominated industry and was determined to change the narrative.
With this new desire to recruit more women into the tech space, Ruth together with her two classmates Aisha & Joan, founded Teknowgalz. They aspired to reach more girls and took to Facebook to get more reach. This spurred the interest of other peers that were passionate about the same. Together, they trained younger women on tech skills and later registered this program as what is now known as Tecknowgalz. Together, they have changed the lives of over 5000 women and girls in the coastal region.
It has however, not been an easy journey with regulators who are yet to understand the impact of the STEM program, tedious processes to access public school programs and resources restraint.
Despite the mishaps here and there, Ruth aspires to establish the first girls-only tech hub in Mombasa to empower girls from underprivileged backgrounds with coding skills in both web and mobile. This aspirational woman challenges other women in tech to create time to mentor and provide guidance to upcoming girls and young women in technology.
The young award winner of Women Add Value Recognition award and budding author of she is a technie remains a gem and rising star in the coastal town of Mombasa.
Click https://pwaniteknowgalz.org/mombasa-region/ to have a look at the work the team at Teknowgalz is doing.