Vodacom recognises the immense value diversity adds to the workplace. Women and girls have always played an important role in science and technology. Ada Lovelace is considered the first computer programmer, and without the work of tech pioneers like Hedy Lamarr and Barbara Liskov, we would not have Wi-Fi and email as we know it. But despite this, women and girls are still underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education and careers. Only 35% of girls enter further education in STEM subjects and many have little encouragement to equip themselves with the skills to thrive in these industries.
In response to these concerns, Vodacom is taking part in a Vodafone global initiative aimed at providing teenage girls across 26 countries, including 14 to 18-year-old girls in South Africa, with coding training. The Vodacom Code Like a Girl programme started in Gauteng reaching 20 young girls from Tembisa schools who were taught how to code. Now Vodacom in the KwaZulu Natal region has offered 37 school-going female learners from various districts including Umlazi, Wentworth, Phoenix and Chatsworth an opportunity to learn how to code during this winter school holidays, at its Head Quarters in Ridgeside, Umhlanga.
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