I should write a post about Camp TechKobwa, but pictures are worth a thousand words, or some such.
PCV Lyla came up with the idea for Camp TechKobwa – a camp to bring girls from throughout Rwanda together to learn about computers and build on the emphasis Rwanda has placed on the development of ICT (Information Communications Technology).
48 girls from 7 different schools came to camp, along with their ICT teachers. Many of these girls have never used a computer, much less learned about programming, photography, and robotics – some of the lessons they were exposed to during the weeklong camp hosted at Gashora Girls Academy in Bugasera District.
We had help from the Ministry of Youth and ICT, kLab, Girls in ICT, and Peace Corps, in addition to donations of time, money, and resources from a variety of companies. Guest speakers exposed the girls to various careers in technology, from film production and journalism to computer programming and PR. Afternoon activities engaged the girls in creative thinking activities and taught them leadership skills as well as healthy living.
We believe Camp TechKobwa was a HUGE success and hope it not only gave the girls increased confidence in using technology but will encourage them to consider careers in technology as possible.