Miss.Africa Digital Program recently caught up with Sandra Juliet Ahiataku, the project lead for Kumasi Hive where Women In Tech 2018 cohort gain new skills from three Miss.Africa Digital Sponsored courses. This is a multi-space innovation place for rapid prototyping of ideas, budding local innovations, impact start-up support and promoting youth entrepreneurship as a way of addressing critical social economic and developmental challenges. Kumasi Hive, Ghana was the grand price winner in the 2018 Miss.Africa Seed Fund. She speaks to us about their experiences training girls in their program in our interview below.
“Through Hardwork and Perseverance we ought to be Pacesetters”- Sandra Juliet Ahiataku, Project Lead-Kumasi Hive
Highlight your general experience with the Miss.Africa Digital Seed Funding
It has been a marvelous journey with the Miss.Africa Digital as the team was very responsive and diligent with their work. The funds came in time and we were able to gather the necessary logistics which were needed for the training. Not forgetting the visibility and the International recognition which we gained from the Project. It was amazing to see some participants with very little knowledge in IT but becoming Geniuses at the end of the day. Once again we are very grateful to be the Winner of the Miss Africa Seed Fund 2018.
What moment(s) were most challenging through the training
It has been an amazing journey empowering these wonderful ladies with digital skills in Internet of Things, Web Development and Graphic Design. However the most challenging time was the initial part of the training since most of our participants had very little knowledge in these fields. This challenge was solved by Trainers using very practical and systematic approaches to deliver the content and participants were encouraged to practice more often which got them to become geniuses at the end of the training. And getting them to become the Geniuses they are today was because of their perseverance, commitment and dedication as well as the efforts of leads, facilitators and mentors.
How did the Miss.Africa Seed Fund enhance Kumasi Hive’s initiatives and activities of supporting girls in STEM?
The Seed Fund has really enhanced our reach to women and girls into tech. We now have some ladies who have got employment and startups formed through this whiles others are ambassadors in their various communities. Through this other partners recognized our impacts and we have got the chance to work with them.
Give us a successful instance at Kumasi Hive when the Women in STEM flag was flown high.
After the training program participants were taken through Design Thinking sessions where they were divided into groups. At a point they went out on community visits to find out problems/challenges of the society. Upon their return they developed solutions to these problems leveraging on the Digital Skills they were trained in . You will be amazed the marvelous solutions that these ladies built. It really showed that when women and girls get the opportunity to pursue careers in Tech they can do amazing projects.
Outline your take on the future of women technology in Africa/Globally? And a message to other girls who would want to venture into ICT.
Through hard work and determination, you can pursue any field of ICT regardless of your background. The time to start this is now and trust me you will be the change you want to see and an ambassador for your community and the world at large. Don’t ever underestimate yourself of the knowledge you have. Remember persistency leads you to success.
Sandra Juliet Ahiataku, Kumasi Hive, Ghana.
Ms. Ahiataku is the project lead for Kumasi Hive, She was worked on a number of STEM projects for girls in Ghana such as the Unlocking Women and Technology Program which seeks to expose ladies to a skill in web development.
Kumasi Hive is Co-founded by CEO Jorge Appiah; it is a multi-space innovation place for rapid prototyping of ideas, budding local innovations, impact start-up support and promoting youth entrepreneurship as a way of addressing critical social economic and developmental challenges.