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GIRLS WHO CODE at the Lelt Foundation

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

In April, Lelt Foundation launched its newest program, Girls Who Code, made possible by a generous grant from Maison Digital! The GWC project is an extension of the technology courses offered to all students at our community center. We selected 10 exceptional middle and high school students to join this intensive computer science course, led by Lelt’s IT teacher, Tesfa Elias. These girls will expand their coding and programming skills so they can someday compete for jobs in the emerging technology industry in the cosmopolitan city of Addis Ababa.

During the first trimester, students focused on JavaScript programming and exploring outstanding technological advancements in computer science. They were also introduced to the various types of professions in the industry. The girls finished the trimester by dividing themselves into three groups to work on projects that create actual problem-solving algorithms. One group, for example, is coding a program that calculates mathematical equations. Over time, the algorithms will generate enough data to tackle increasingly more complex problems.

The second trimester is about to begin on October 20. Through Girls Who Code, Lelt prepares these students to close the gender gap in technology jobs, and helps create the next generation of female technology engineers in Ethiopia.

Special thanks to Volo Foundation for a generous grant to build the Volo Computer Lab in Addis Ababa, which is run on renewable energy. Without their commitment to supporting our students, GWC would not be possible.

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