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KampaBits, Grand Prize Winner Miss.Africa Digital Seed Fund 2019 will empower more girls with programming skills

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Miss.Africa Digital Program recently caught up with Ms Mbawomye Justine, Project Manager: Kampabits,  a youth based organization that exists to positively change the lives of vulnerable youth in Uganda by improving their access to productive employment as well as their ability to cope with their social environment through creativity and innovation. Here is how the interview went

  1. Can you tell us about this project that has applied for the 2019 Miss.Africa Digital Seed Fund Awards?

In 2018 Kampabits focused on including more women in tech related jobs through our six months Women in tech program that focuses on impacting employable skills to 15 beneficiaries and  later link them to our employment partners for a three months paid internship that leads to full-time employment or self employment.

The advanced training greatly focuses on skills in high demand by employers in the tech space specifically in web and mobile app development

  1. What are some of the challenges you are trying to address with your  project?

– Including more women in tech related jobs

– Reducing high levels of unemployment among women

– Prepare women to be well placed to take up the jobs of the future

– Prepare women for lifelong learning and re-skilling to match market trends

  1. How are you bringing innovative approaches to these problems?

– Use of open source tools during training

– Use of project based learning to boost the confidence of beneficiaries

– Using employer needs as the rubric in training women that will be employable

– Training women on how to re-skill themselves to match changing market trends

  1. How does it feel to gain international recognition for your work?

This is a great opportunity to involve more partners and learn from each other’s experiences on how to involve more women in tech and how we can improve the training

  1. Can you explain why skills for women in tech is so important?

– There exits very few women in tech related jobs and hence the drive to try and level the scales by providing these unique opportunities to  empower more women which will in return encourage more ladies to take up a careers in tech

– Involving women in tech will break African stereotypes that insist that women were only meant to work in the kitchen

  1. What in your opinion should be done to address the digital skills gap in Africa?

– Hands-on Training in computing should start at the grass root level especially in primary school when youth are in their early development stages

– Improvement of internet penetration to enable easy access to information

– Setting up necessary computing equipment at the grass root communities


Ms Mbawomye Justine, Project Manager Kampabits

KampaBits is a youth based organization that exists to positively change the lives of vulnerable youth in Uganda by improving their access to productive employment as well as their ability to cope with their social environment through creativity and innovation.

Since 2018 Kampabits has in a special way focused on including more women in tech related jobs through a six months Women in tech program that focuses on impacting employable skills to 15 beneficiaries and are later linked to our employment partners for a three months paid internship that leads to full-time employment or self employment. The advanced training greatly focuses on skills in high demand by employers in the tech space specifically in web and mobile app development.

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