Across the world, girls are less likely to finish school, less likely to pursue higher education, and thus less likely to follow career paths that lead to higher-paying, more specialized jobs. – Vicki Niu, Inspire Girls content developer, Stanford Undergraduate
We aim to have teachers with student teams in Africa and the USA co-develop and field test Inspire Girls teacher resources to help them inspire girls to pursue careers in technology.
- to enable and empower girls to stay in school
- to pursue career roles as leaders and innovators
- and to serve as valuable peers and role models to other girls.
WCE is excited to begin working with 5 of our Field Associates and 5 Country Coordinators of iEARN in Ethiopia, Liberia, Mali, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe. They will help WCE select and work with 5 pairs of school teachers who are members of iEARN and experienced in developing iEARN student-learning projects.
World Computer Exchange seeks teachers with students in Africa, USA, Canada, Europe, or Australia to form pairs of one African teacher and one non-African teacher with students of similar ages to co-develop a draft Inspire Girls teacher resource to help them inspire female students to pursue careers in technology. This resource you begin to co-develop can be: an app or game, a creative use of social media, an on-line student-learning project, professional development for teachers, and educational materials or curriculum modules to be loaded on the computers we ship. In addition to a teacher colleague we are also providing an on-line tech mentor and some resource material we have gathered. During the school year beginning in September 2017, we will also provide a financial stipend to 4 or 5 African teachers who begin an after school tech club for girls in their schools. This is part of our Inspire Girls initiative that we are beginning to develop with schools, universities, and businesses in the 9 African countries where we have Field Associates: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. After the initial co-development, the teacher resources will be field tested in a few schools near each participating pilot school and then rolled out to teachers in hundreds of African schools and universities as well as in other English and French speaking developing countries. Our Puerto Rico Chapter is leading a small pilot of similar work for Latin Countries. If you are interested in helping, please contact InspireGirls@WorldComputerExchange.org.
We are also looking to work with universities and gender resource organizations in these countries in the development of these 5 teacher resources. As a first resource, WCE has begun including our initial C4G Content in the content that WCE volunteers load in the computers we ship. As the resources are rolled-out, WCE will disseminate (PLAN) them through our network of 4,430 interested groups.
Our goal is to have these resources impact 5,000 teachers to reach half a million girls in developing countries within 5 years. The 5 teacher resources that we co-develop in this initiative will also strengthen our capacity building, training and content services for our Partners in 77 developing countries. The development and implementation of this service is led by Julie Schniewind, the Chair of our Inspire Girls Consortia. Our Content Intern for Africa is Frances Christianson. Our Content Intern for Latin America is Maria Lopez.
One of the teacher resources is the girl-related content our volunteers have collected and loaded on the refurbished computers.
- is geared to teacher needs
- responds to the needs of girls
- encourages girls to stay in school
- encourages girls to study technology subjects