Gitgirl is undertaking the initiative to economically empower African women with lifelong learning opportunities and the skills they need to secure well-paying jobs in tech and I am here for it!
The brand has now expanded into a full scale Data Academy for women -the first of its kind in Africa – and it’s curriculum is immersive in core data fields.
At the moment, Gitgirl has enrolled 93 students who have received foundational training in data science, data analytics, and data engineering. With a core understanding of data and programming, Gitgirl aims to give African women an even higher competitive advantage by equipping them with the knowledge of Big Data, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence.
The program will officially be launching on April 1st, 2019 to a cohort of 200 women not only in Lagos, but all around Nigeria and for the first time in Accra, Ghana. Gitgirl has also partnered with a number of corporations interested in leveraging the students’ skills to solve data challenges within their organizations.
In order to reduce the financial burden and encourage more women to take hold of this initiative, Gitgirl has also put in place scholarship options for recent university graduates, and women with two years post National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) experience. They have also partnered with loan finance institutions to provide flexible loan payment plans for women during the course of their program. Career services are also available for students while they learn. This is in preparation for job readiness for their careers in the data field, and the services include general counseling, CV reviews, and interview prep questions.
So who can apply?
The good news is that you don’t even need a tech background to get started! But you must have:
- Completed NYSC no more than two years go.
- A mininum of High School Diploma
- Must be physically commited to the immersive program at the Lagos HQ.
- Also, recipient will commit to a paid position at Gitgirl upon completion of program for a least three years
Don’t forget to share this with any female you think might be interested.
***Update: Post updated to include more pictures.