Girls In  STEM  Trust promotes diversity and inclusion and through the Women of Purpose Fellowship programme, young women and girls with disabilities had the opportunity to be trained on  Digital  Literacy and Business Entrepreneurship  skills,   Assistive Technologies and Public Relations and Communications  in  a  positive  inclusive  environment  fostering the growth of   future  female entrepreneurs.

Girls In STEM Trust in partnership with Signs Of Hope Trust, Telone and Jairos Jiri Vocational Centre Bulawayo, Baobab Educational Assessment Centre, Alive Albinism Initiative, Africa Institute for Alternative Learning, conducted an immersive  up skilling  of  50  young women with  disabilities to gain 21st century technological and business entrepreneurship skills. The importance of engaging participants into the fellowship programme was to enable them to gain insight into the roles and responsibilities of a technologically savvy entrepreneur. The participants gained world class experiences and mentorship from industry professionals who served as mentors throughout the programme. Participants had the opportunity to reflect,  network  and  learn  from  their  peers  through a peer mentorship programme discussing why  their  career  choices  were  critical  to the success of the Zimbabwean economy. At the conclusion of the programme, key entrepreneurship skills had been instilled in all participants.

We are thankful to the following industry experts for their time and commitment to the programme:

Business and Entrepreneurship Track – Natasha Mzungu and Theopatra Nkomo

Assistive Technologies – Dr Themba Nyoni and Isabel Mavengano

Digital and Information Technology Skills – Janet Kahari and Cliff Muroyi

Public Relations and Communication – Sizwakele Ndlovu

Programme Mentors:

 Victoria Nxumalo – Founder & Executive Director Girls In STEM Trust

 Samantha Sibanda – Founder & Executive Director Signs of Hope

Ayanda Sibanda – Youth Advocate for People With Disabilities

Gwen Mushonga – Founder – Alive Albinism Initiative

Tafadzwa Gochai – Centre Manager – Jairos Jiri Vocational Centre Bulawayo

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