ALX Africa has announced the launch of its first-ever all-female Software Engineering cohort in Lagos, starting from 27th March 2023. The programme aims to bridge the gender gap in the tech industry. It will empower women to boost their skills and launch their careers in one of the world’s most exciting and in-demand fields.
As the tech ecosystem continues to evolve, there is a growing need for innovators who are able to develop cutting-edge solutions that draw from engineering principles and programming skills. One of the fast-growing fields, software development is unique in offering some of the most lucrative and fascinating career opportunities. Companies continually seek those with such abilities to solve 21st-century problems.
The gender divide that persists among software developers across the globe. It is a challenge that must be addressed. In line with the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024), which prioritizes gender equality and empowerment, ALX Africa is demonstrating its commitment to transforming the status quo and equipping women throughout the continent with the skills to be at the driving seat of the global tech revolution.
Through its partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, eligible candidates can access the world-class programme training at no cost. The programme is open to women between 18-34 years of age with proficiency in written and spoken English, access to a laptop or desktop computer, a stable internet connection, commitment, and determination.
The ALX all-female Software Engineering cohort is designed to prepare women for a range of careers in tech, including Front-End Engineer, Back-End Engineer, Full-Stack Engineer, Graphics Engineer, DevOps Engineer, Mobile App Developer, Embedded System Engineer, Cyber Security Engineer, and Systems Administrator.
Participants will learn how to solve problems using coding and other forms of technology, develop design systems, calculate and plan computer specifications, analyse system capabilities and requirements, and manipulate data. The programme is scheduled to run for 12 months with 70 hours per week.
This commendable initiative is a significant step towards creating a more inclusive tech ecosystem in Africa to address the inadequate representation of women in the industry. By empowering women with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the tech industry, ALX Africa is helping to shape a more diverse and inclusive future.
As Africa continues to prioritize STISA-2024, this initiative is a clear example of how different innovation stakeholders on the continent are taking a proactive approach towards achieving the goals of the strategy. The focus on gender equality and empowerment is crucial for ensuring that everyone can participate and contribute, and ultimately benefit from the opportunities that the tech industry presents.
Kudos to ALX Africa for playing a worthy and forward looking role in empowering women in tech across the continent. Initiatives of this nature can bridge the gender gap and build a more equitable and prosperous future for all.