This journey began in October 2015(as it does every year). We received more than 60 applications, and successfully recruited 16 students from the pool of applicants, in what was a series of meetings with AkiraChix trainers, aptitude tests and face to face interviews with potential candidates. We deliberately selected a smaller pool of students this time in a bid to increase the quality of attention paid to each student by our trainers.
On January 11th 2016, we opened our classroom doors to 16 students. Over the last three months, they’ve been introduced to the fundamental concepts in the following topics:-
- Computer Literacy
- Graphic Design
- Web development (Both front end and back end development)
- Mobile application development
- Life Skills
The girls have enjoyed their first semester, with some expressing their gratitude for all the learning they have been able to get from just three months. Some are finding PHP a little challenging :D, but are going the extra mile by looking for resources beyond what is given to them in class for practice purposes. The trainers, similarly, have had positive reviews of the class, with shared sentiments that having a smaller class has made a huge difference in allowing them to connect with each student, an improvement from past classes. Their hope is that they will be able to build more teamwork in the students, and build a sense of curiosity and hunger that will make the students proactive and aggressive in learning.
Last Friday, semester one came to a close, giving the girls a one month break to give back to their communities through mandatory community service and project research for two weeks each during the month of April 2016.
First semester of school comes to an end today for our training program students, class of 2016. It’s been a great first three months. More on our blog soon. A photo posted by AkiraChix (@akirachixs) on
Home visits by the AkiraChix team, trainers and mentors(after their matching session on April 9th, 2016) is also set to happen in the last two weeks of April, to help us better understand the needs of every student outside the classroom.
We’re looking forward to deeper dives for the students in the second semester, and setting them with internships to apply the skills we’ve taught them in August 2016.
If you’re interested in having one of our girls join your organization as an intern in August 2016, please get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org.