This is our STEM focused program that is taking advantage of the digital transformation happening around us and aims to ensure that young women and girls are not left behind. This program is pushing for technological gender equality in Uganda. The interventions under this program include;
Women’s Institute of Technology and Innovation (WITI): is an academic institution targeted at young women and professionals in underserved households. This two-year, diploma program aims to meaningfully increase the number of qualified African young women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). WITI graduates earn a diploma in Computer Science & Entrepreneurship (DCSE) allowing them to develop into junior software developers (full stack developers). This technical-based training can lead to specializations in professional software development, website development, data and analytics, and machine learning. In addition, WITI equips students with fundamental soft skills to be successful in the workplace.
WITI empowers young women and girls to advance their STEM careers, learn about subjects that are critical to the future of work, and expand their professional opportunities, especially now, when technology is increasingly becoming a requirement for all business leaders.
WITI pays 100% of the tuition for all-learners, thanks to the support from the Segal Family Foundation and other WITU donors around the world.
This is a program we run in partnership with primary and secondary schools across Uganda. We identify schools that have computer labs and a willing administration to provide the teachers and girls with a proven curriculum that introduces girls to computer science through coding and web design content.
We train the teachers in the schools so that they can conduct the training after school hours and sometimes embed our content into their classrooms.
WITU is growing a network of women in tech in Uganda that will inspire young women looking to start a career in tech to gain understanding of the facets of Tech and connect them to those who are already in the sector and support them to grow their brands and careers. WITU wants to foster women innovations in the tech industry and believes that by creating a vibrant network of women innovators and professionals, it will contribute to closing the tech gender gap in Uganda. The network hosts bi-monthly networking events both in physical locations and online. We will partner with academic institutions, Private sector firms and government to grow a movement of empowered and thriving women tech innovators and professionals. WITU runs a maker space for the community and this is teaching young girls about technology and helping them build confidence in their ability to become technologists -It connects the women to mentors, role models through inspiration talks, work opportunities by partnering with the Private sector to provide work. The network is member led and WITU is only a facilitator.