We are partnering with Ingressive For Good to bridge the gender gap in African tech.
We will fund scholarships for 200 women across Africa to learn design on the African Women in Design Scholarship Program. 150 of the places the Kwanda villagers will fund will be general scholarships for the over 17,000 women who have applied for the program.
A special allocation of 50 scholarships will be reserved for girls and women in the communities Kwanda’s partners work in.
To date, Kwanda has funded projects in 7 African countries. We are excited for the communities we fund to also benefit from this great opportunity.
There is a global skills shortage in design and technical skills. With women accounting for less than 30% of the tech sector in Sub-Saharan Africa, there is significant untapped potential for talent and for creating equity.
Some of the barriers that are preventing more women from participating in the tech sector include a lack of knowledge, lack of equipment and data, and lack of an accessible entry point.
The African Women in Design Program will run for 12 or 24 weeks depending on which of the three tracks a student enrols in:
- (1) Product Design. Students will learn to design websites and mobile application interfaces using Figma. View course details
- (2) Graphic Design. Students will learn the principles of design, visual elements and how to use Photoshop. View course details.
- (3) Brand Identity Design. Students will learn how to interpret briefs, create logos, packaging and brand assets. View course details.
Training is only the first step of the process. Students will be integrated into a community where they continually receive support as they grow in design. They will receive mentorship and get matched to internship opportunities in companies to help them gain real world experience and continue their development.
This project will enable 200 women across Africa to kick-start their careers in design and tech. They will learn design skills on the training programme, get access to mentors and be provided resources to help them continue their professional development.
50 of those women will come from the communities Kwanda has funded projects in. Resources and opportunities don’t always reach girls and women in these places, which is why we are particularly excited to be partnering with Ingressive For Good on this programme.