The Girls in Tech – Nepal, in collaboration with UKaid Skills for Employment Programme, Genese Cloud Academy, and Fusemachines Nepal has launched a campaign dubbed as “Girls in Tech” in Province 2 with an aim to provide exposure to school and college girls in technology and combat gender disparity in the technological sector by providing them with skills.
As said, ten girls will get scholarships in cloud computing and artificial intelligence courses. Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security Rameshwor Raj Yadav, Province 2 Chief Minister Lal Babu Raut, and the DFID Nepal Head Lisa Hanon made a joint inauguration of the campaign amidst a special ceremony in Janakpur.
The Girls in Tech Project comprises leadership training for girls thereby boosting their confidence and competitiveness. It will furthermore help create an environment for girls to get jobs in companies.
Similarly, during the inauguration, Chief Minister Raut expressed his happiness to launch the campaign in Province 2, thus provide IT education and job skills to girls in the region. Moreover, he stated the provincial government’s plan to make the region a hub for technical education by producing tech-skilled manpower. He was also hopeful and positive towards Girls in Tech helping the government’s plan to be more impactful.
While on the occasion, Mr. Baljit Vohra, Team Leader of UKaid Skills announced a scholarship scheme for 10 girls belonging to economically marginalized families who would want to study Cloud Computing and Artificial Intelligence.
14-year old Jyoti Singh, a class 10 student at Janaki Boarding School, Janakpur became the first girl to get the scholarship. After getting the scholarship, she shared, “I am really happy to know about such a scholarship scheme on AI and Cloud Computing in Nepal and receive the scholarship. These courses will be very much valuable to shape my career. Like me, I am sure it will be very much helpful to other girls too in the region.”
Again, the campaign looks forward to encouraging girls in the IT and Tech industry by providing them with technology education and skills thereby employing them in the IT sector as well as promote tech equality and combat gender disparity.
Following the launch, there was a panel discussion held on “Women in ICT in Nepal – Challenges and the Future”. Anita Phuyal, Executive Director of Genese Solution, Aruna Shrestha, Teach for Nepal fellow, Jyoti Singh, one of the youngest programmers of Nepal, and Ankita Yadav, Assistant Lecturer at Rajarshi Janak University were the panelists under the moderation of Melisha Ghimire, the Managing Director of Girls in Tech-Nepal, and Stuti Basnyet from UKaid Skills.