Source: www.africanakua.com |Mafany Tande Myles, Cameroon
The wonderful initiative known as ICT4KIDS, launched in 2018 in Cameroon has seen an incredible boost in its enrolment this year.
An alumna of the US TechWomen program and winner of the Bertelsmann Data Science Challenge Scholarship, Mpara Faith Muwar, launched this wonderful initiative.
ICT4KIDS aims at improving the skills of children between the ages of 5 and 18 in Information Technology (IT) and computing, so that learners can be up-to-date about global advancements in technology as well as move forward in unison with the rest of the world.
The recipient of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Award in 2018, noticed that many people living in Cameroon lack basic knowledge in computing and IT in general.
But we are living in the digital age, and Information Communication Technology (ICT) must be accessible to all but not limited to only students studying it in the Secondary school.
In Cameroon, knowledge about IT and computing is only reserved for those who take up courses in ICT or computer science from secondary school level.
Since its inception in 2018, ICT4KIDS ran throughout the summer of 2018 and saw an appreciable number of children registered for the program. Now in its second year, ICT4KIDS is a growing community of young change makers and pacesetters brewed from the brilliance and foresight of this inspirational woman.
Mpara Faith Muwar (popularly addressed as Miss Faith by her peers and those who look up to her) hails from the South West Region of Cameroon. She is currently the co-founder and sales representative of New Generation Technologies (NGT), a software development company that was started by her friend Mr Olouge Eya and herself after their undergraduate studies.
Miss Faith studied Computer Engineering at the University of Buea.
What is more, she is a role model to both young girls and boys aspiring to take up a career in a technology related field.
Aside ICT4KIDS, Miss Faith inculcates in these young minds, the notion of global citizenship and skills in leadership. She also trains these young minds to be critical thinkers and problem solvers, so that as they grow up, they can apply these skills early enough towards the development of their country and the world at large.
Miss Mpara Faith Muwar is also winner of the Bertelsmann Data Science Challenge Scholarship and is being well celebrated by the Silicon Mountain Community.