Brenda Mbathi, GE Women’s Network Leader for East Africa interacts with one of the girls at a local school.
General Electric (GE), Microsoft, and Kids Comp Camp have partnered on an initiative to boost Kenyan girls’ participation and uptake of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The three partnered on a She Can Code Challenge at the SHOFCO School for girls.
The challenge involved 46 girls in Grades 6 and 7 at the school, who were trained to code by Kids Comp Camp and also got career guidance from the GE Women Network. The girls will later get other opportunities such as shadowing GE employees on the job and visiting GE facilities such as its Karen Healthcare training center and other customer sites.
The challenge was organized by the GE’s Girls initiative, part of GE’s East Africa Women’s Network, which aims to encourage girls to explore the world of science, technology, engineering and math and STEM-based careers. The initiative intends to increase the number of women in engineering, digital, manufacturing and product management roles by 2020.