This project was fully funded by US Embassy public affair office. After having interned into agreement, we have selected 100 girls student of grade 11 from 10 public schools. 10 student from each school in Addis Ababa, set for filtering examination and interviewed, out of which 4 were selected from Each schools. Hence this project was started with 40 girls, as its first of its kind of project in the country, or may be in our region.
The aim of the GCC project was intended to address girls to girls, so that girls mentors from University will assist girl students from high school to promote STEM. Hence we selected university girl student from related STEM subjects. They were selected and passed through different filtering mechanism to be mentor of the Girls from high school. It was a great success, as it created a conducive atmosphere, that every students were free to express themselves, participate in extra activities such as dancing, singing, sharing their life experience, bring different success stories they read about, at their break time. It is a good experience and they can be our champions back at their school to expand such activities. This was not possible with male mentors, especially in our culture settings.
At the end of the project we were able to see a strong GCC family between all participants, that keep the relationship and trust for each other to promote what they learned and benefited, to the school community where they come from by establishing a GCC club. In the process they will keep the relation and support between their schools in such activities and share their experience to strengthen their success and develop ability to solve their problems cope with challenges.
Directed by their mentors, students were able to develop four web-based group project, in the following areas, and assisted one program to convert to local language.
1. Support tourism by creating a database that connects the visitors, tourist guides and selected places.
2. Based on the response to the questioners to the student, the program was made to determines their field of interest.
3. A program that assist high school student, by providing a question bank, to exercise with, and get feedback , to be assisted to pass the national exam.
4. Program to assist student to change their placement, within universities and give information about every universities in the country and their faculty.
5. Assisted in creating the local language clock called “Yeneta Seat memaria”
Dr. Jill Biden Speaks at Girls Can Code Graduation
New York (TADIAS) — Dr. Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, was in Ethiopia this past weekend where she spoke at a Girls Can Code graduation ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa.
Although this was Dr. Jill Biden’s first travel to Ethiopia, she was quick to point out that she is familiar with the country through her own interaction with Ethiopian students in the U.S.
“This is my first trip to Ethiopia but I’ve heard so much about your country from my own students — many of whom are from Ethiopia,” Dr. Biden, a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College in Virginia, told the graduates in Ethiopia. “They’ve shared with me their hopes and dreams through their journals and writing assignments.”
According to the project description posted by The Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, the Girls Can Code program, which is funded by the U.S. government, is “designed to teach high school girls essential computer technology skills that will help them succeed in higher education, specifically in STEM-related courses, and help position them to succeed in careers in STEM fields.”
In her commencement speech Dr. Biden, who has been a teacher for over 30 years, added: “Programs like Girls Can Code are helping high school girls around the world learn computer and IT skills. It’s designed to empower and inspire young girls — not only to join STEM fields at the university level, but to encourage young women to pursue careers in STEM fields and become future leaders in technology.”