By Juliet Umeh
Global Technology Company in the payment industry, Mastercard, has announced its signature Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics STEM, programme, Girls4Tech, to build the digital capacity of five million girls by 2025.
The programme which was launched in 2014, offers activities and curriculum built on global science and math standards and incorporates Mastercard’s deep expertise in technology and innovation to enable children discover a range of STEM careers, such as fraud detective, data scientist and software engineer.
According to the company, the Girls4Tech workshops hosted across Kenya and Nigeria, have inspired numerous young girls to build the skills they need for STEM careers.
The Company’s Director, Marketing and Communications, Sub-Saharan Africa, Ifeoma Dozie, said:
“Through the Girls4Tech programme, we’re extending our commitment to Africa’s next generation of women leaders by equipping them with valuable skills that ensure more women have a voice in the development of the products and services of the future.
“Starting as a hands-on, in-person session run by employee volunteers, the programme has reached more children by expanding into new topics such as AI and Cybersecurity, and extending access of their STEM curriculum through online resources on Girl4Tech Connect which has been translated into 14 languages,Dozie explained.
Also speaking, Vice President of community engagement and founder of Mastercard’s Girls4Tech programme, Susan Warner, said: “Our goal is to build foundational STEM knowledge and develop critical 21st century skills girls need for their studies and career success. Our programme sparks their curiosity in STEM and teaches them real-world applications of those skills.”