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
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