Oracle Academy teams up with Pwani Teknowgalz and American Spaces to empower girls in STEAM

April 26, 2024 | 3 minute read
Danny Gooris
Regional Director, Oracle Academy, EMEA
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In celebration of International Women’s Month in March, Oracle Academy, in collaboration with Pwani Technogalz and American Spaces in Mombasa, Kenya, hosted a dynamic event centered around the theme of creating inclusion in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). The hybrid event brought together passionate speakers and participants to address the challenges women often encounter in pursuing careers in these fields, while also offering valuable insights and empowering advice.

The event kicked off with a powerful keynote address delivered by Janet Kamau, Oracle Marketing Director, Africa, whose impassioned words resonated with attendees. Janet highlighted the common obstacles women face in STEAM careers and shared practical strategies for overcoming them. She urged women to seek out mentors, cultivate connections, and fearlessly pursue their dream jobs. She also advised the students to take advantage of the free learning resources offered by Oracle Academy to help them develop career-ready skills in the era of cloud, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science and beyond.

Through collaborative efforts with educational institutions and non-profit organizations worldwide, Oracle Academy plays a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of technology leaders. By providing opportunities for hands-on learning and practical experience in digital skills, Oracle Academy strives to empower all students, including the under-represented, with the knowledge and proficiency needed to embark on rewarding and impactful careers in the field of technology.

Building on the momentum, Joy Muchina, Business Operations & Presidential Digital Talent Programme (PDTP) Manager, Oracle Kenya, took the stage to shed light on the specific challenges women encounter in STEAM fields, including the lack of mentorship, imposter syndrome, educational biases, and underrepresentation. With a stirring call to action, Joy encouraged women to be bold, to show up, and to persevere in the face of adversity. “Don't let failure stop you from restarting,” she emphasized, inspiring attendees to push beyond their comfort zones and strive for excellence. She also enlightened on the Oracle Kenya - Presidential Digital Talent Programme which offers internship opportunities to graduates in partnership with the ICT Authority.

Grace Gitaari, Senior Account Cloud Engineer, Oracle, emphasized the importance of inclusivity in STEAM, noting that everyone should have the desire and readiness to learn. She emphasized the critical role diversity plays in fostering innovation and success in any workspace, urging attendees to embrace inclusivity as a guiding principle in their careers.

Ruth Kaveke, Executive Director, Pwani Teknowgalz, shared practical advice for standing out in STEAM fields, urging attendees to ask questions, pursue opportunities, and radiate confidence. Her empowering words served as a reminder that with determination and self-assurance, women can thrive and excel in any environment.

The event concluded with a heartfelt recognition of the achievements of Pwani Teknowgalz students who completed their codehack and digital skills program, which included training in web development, digital marketing, and introduction to AI. Certificates were awarded to these deserving individuals, marking a significant milestone in their journeys towards success in STEAM.

In summary, the International Women’s Month event served as a powerful platform for empowering girls pursuing careers in STEAM fields. Through insightful discussions, practical advice, and inspiring stories, attendees were equipped with the tools and motivation to overcome challenges, embrace inclusivity, and pursue their aspirations with confidence. As we at Oracle Academy continue to champion diversity and inclusion in STEAM, events like these play a vital role in fostering a more equitable and empowering future for girls worldwide.

Interested in a collaborating with Oracle Academy? Join us in our mission to empower the next generation of technology innovators and leaders of the future.

 

 

 

Danny Gooris

Regional Director, Oracle Academy, EMEA


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