In Kenya, career paths are chosen in high school. High school students select subjects that determine which career to pursue in Institutions of higher learning while in their 3rd year. With this in mind, AkiraChix embarked on a high school outreach program that would encourage female students to select careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in 2011.
Over the last four years, AkiraChix has developed a comprehensive high school outreach program which entails:-
- Bi-weekly sessions in different kenyan girl high schools with students from computer clubs. We run training sessions on thematic areas such as programming, graphic design, User experience and robotics every school term. These sessions give the girls applied knowledge that they use to solve problems in their own contexts.
- Bootcamps Every school holiday, AkiraChix hosts one week intensive training sessionS around the same topics our bi-weekly sessions cover. These bootcamps target high school students who we may not necessarily be able to reach with our bi-weekly sessions.
- Girls in ICT Day We host an annual event dubbed “Girls in ICT day”, which brings together hundreds of girls from high schools across the country, to introduce them to career opportunities in tech, and expose them to women working in the tech industry and leadership for mentorship.