A Young  Engineer Nurtures STEM Passion among Girls in Kenya

by Regina Mwanza

I got a chance to sit with Amy Keitany, 28-year-old Service Operations Support Engineer who is passionate about teaching code to young women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The young engineer who works at Cellulant has been part of the volunteers for Youth Technology Foundation Kenya team (YTF) which is headquartered in Nigeria with operations in Kenya. She was recommended to speak at the kick-off event for the program with students and that is when her love for tech and the passion to see more women in STEM, prompted her to give back.

In the YTF Kenya team, she joined the “Codes Clubs” in September 2018 till June 2019.  During her time there, she nurtured several young women, amongst them, form 3 and form 4 students from Huruma Girls High School. The cohort graduated after 9 months of training on coding using an education approach, communication skills and soft skills such as how to write a resume.

Amy is a “shy” but brilliant, young lady undoubtedly. You can tell this from the way she passionately speaks on the need for women having a seat at the table when it comes to decision making and participating in STEM subjects.

At work, she mostly spends her time making sure all Cellulant services are up and running and customer needs are met. She uses her tech skills to build automated solutions and help troubleshoot issues.

Over the weekends she dedicates her time to ensuring young women get ahead by acquiring these soft skills.

“I find myself getting excited about initiatives around working with young future leaders.” She says with a big smile on her face.

Amy Keitany
Amy in her signature headwrap with her fellow YTF coders

 When I asked her what she learnt from the teaching experience, she sighs then responds by saying

“Interesting question…. I got to understand a deeper level of gratitude that comes with offering someone a steppingstone or a push towards what they want to achieve. The idea of also learning from students, understanding their perspective getting to know them was quite fulfilling. Surprisingly also the fact that I became a self-taught trainer gave me a new skill to work on sharpening.”

Amy

At Cellulant we apply ourselves in how we do our jobs. We make possible. Amy epitomizes the #makepossible spirit by doing transformational work in the community to ensure that girls have an equal opportunity in the job market by being able to use some of these hard and soft skills.

On a lighter note, she concludes by saying,

“I am however not biased, I can train either gender as long as they are young future leaders I am open to the training possibilities”

If you have an inspiring story of changemakers in your community who volunteer their time, skills and expertise to help others, we’d love to hear from you. We’d love to share your story with our Tingg community. Write to us

Regina Mwanza manages Cellulant’s Events and Community Outreach Programs.

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