#eSkills4Girls activities of Germany
BMZ implements numerous activities under the framework of the initiative #eSkills4girls, which are the result of the collaboration between governments, private sector, academia and civil society organizations:
Promotion of role models for women and girls in tech
Female role models who have created successful tech careers are an inspiration for young women and girls to discover STEM subjects as well as professions in the digital economy. With a study, a video and a book publication, the initiative acknowledges women who work every day to challenge existing gender roles and stereotypes.
Networks to foster learning between grassroots initiatives
In May 2017, BMZ brought together over 30 female tech leaders from all over Africa at the #eSkills4Girls Africa Meetup. The event offered a unique opportunity to network, discuss challenges and effective approaches and further develop capacities and strategies for successfully running and scaling up initiatives related to girls´ digital skills development. As a result from the event, the #eSkills4Girls network has been established, continuing the dialogue among the tech leaders.
Strategic partnerships with the private sector to promote local innovations
Since 2015, BMZ is supporting Africa Code Week, which was initiated by the German Software Company SAP. Africa Code Week is a continent-wide digital literacy initiative reaching out to hundreds of schools, teachers, governments, businesses and non-profits. For the 2018 edition, for instance, the contribution of the BMZ to the ACW included the support of 20 coding workshops in 15 African countries with a curriculum specifically designed for 14,000 participating girls and young women. Volunteer trainers and teachers introduced women and girls to the basics of coding using Scratch, a free visual programming language (see here for more information).
#eSkills4Girls projects in German Development Cooperation
BMZ expands its portfolio with new projects and a special focus on #eSkills4Girls in Cameroon, Ghana, Marocco, Mozambique, Rwanda and Sambia. Among others, the projects focus on digital skills trainings for women and girls, the integration of digital technologies in vocational trainings and non-formal education settings and on raising awareness for career prospects in the technology sector.
The EQUALS partnership – Advancing gender equality in the digital age
In 2017, BMZ together with UNESCO has taken the lead of the Skills Coalition of EQUALS – a multistakeholder partnership to achieve gender equality in the digital age. The EQUALS Skills Coalition aims at ensuring that digital skills are taught to all children and girls in particular. The Coalition provides guidance to governments and other stakeholders to make digital skills training available to girls and women throughout life (see here for more information).