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Aug 29, 2019

Strengthening Our STEM Commitment to Ivoirian Rural Women

Bootcamp Bright Girls
Bootcamp Bright Girls

Dearest Friends,

Thank you for your generosity in helping us reach $6,150.00 towards our $10,000 goal.  We need you to get to $10,000 before the end of 2019.     

As you know one of the strongest mandates of IUGB and the IUGB Foundation is to bring gender equity to the campus in STEM.  We are currently accomplishing this in several ways:

IUGB works within the Ivoirian Community to bring female scholars to the classroom, as we recognize the value of beginning this training when girls are young, and their outlook and self-confidence in their own capabilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are still developing. 

That’s why IUGB is hosting the Ivoirian National Ministry of Education’s “Bright Girls Bootcamp 2019” from August 23 to August 30th.  Under this program, a large group of high school girls are mentored and taught intensive coding at the IUGB campus.  You can see from these photos what joy this opportunity brings to these young women-they have discovered they CAN excel in these fields

Further, our IBM partners just launched a second public webinars training series of IBM Digital National Africa Program, which they have made available to faculty and students alike.  These seminars are weekly and each offers a new topic that allows our students to take their skills to the next level.  Topics covered include: How to ace job interviews; Design thinking: From an idea to a prototype; and Adding security to web applications.  These webinars are just another invaluable advantage offered by IBM to IUGB STEM students.

Finally, on September 25th in New York City IUGB Foundation is hosting a conversation at New York University’s Africa House, “Planning for the Future 2019: A Conversation About Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship".

This is a conversation with some of the best experts on higher education and business in Africa.  If you are in New York City, we urge you to attend.  Several of our panelists are leading female professionals in education, entrepreneurship or employment issues. We will even include an IUGB alumnus from the class of 2015.  We realize that there can be no discussion about higher education in Africa without discussing the the crucial importance of STEM parity. 

Please see the link below the article for more information and to get your tickets.

Any amount helps us reach our goal of having a new female STEM student at IUGB from one of Cote d'Ivoire's more underserved areas.  Please give her a chance to excel and help her open the doors to the career of her lifetime.  Thanks for your support!

The Bright Girls' Arrival at IUGB!
The Bright Girls' Arrival at IUGB!

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Jun 3, 2019

Cote d'Ivoire Rising 2019: Help Her Crack the Code

Three of our brighest graduates
Three of our brighest graduates

Dearest Friends,

It is almost summer!  As of June 2, 2019,  already our campaign and our University have made real progress.  Your continued support has brought us $6,030.00 towards our $10,000 goal.  We are so close to funding our first female student's STEM academic career at IUGB in the Fall of 2019!  IUGB 's female students are high performers.  In 2018, 26 of our 48 graduates were female, and of the 8 Academic distinctions awarded, 6 went to women: 2 Summa Cum Laude (3.98) 1 Magna Cum Laude (3.09) and 2 Cum Laude (3.67).  They are focused and take their academic responsibilities very seriously.  This year over half of our graduating class is female.  If we are able to fund a rural female to attend IUGB In 2019 for a STEM degree who applies this diligence to her studies, what do you think she could accomplish?   What impact might STEM equity bring to this future IUGB graduate and to her family?  

The first important impact this equity will bring is establishing a role model for STEM career choices in a rural community.  In Sub-Saharan Africa, where gender educational equity has not yet been achieved, setting a precedent for STEM among female students is vitally important.  When any woman graduates with an IUGB STEM degree, she becomes an example to her younger family members, her peers, and her entire community.  And when enough young women in her commmunity receive this training, a STEM academic career choice becomes the norm-not the exception.  This societal change is only the beginning, though-these degreed women will have an even larger effect in their day to day work in engineering, mathematics or science careers.  Womens' contributions in these fields will help us all reach the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The most critical of these are the first five: 1.  No Poverty, 2., Zero Hunger; 3.  Good Health and Well-Being, 4., Quality Education and 5., Gender Equality.

IBM Faculty are poised to begin the Skills Academy Courses in Artifical Intelligence and Big Data in the last quarter of this year.  We have the exceptional instructors, curriculum and school ready and waiting for this young woman.   All we need is the means to enroll her.  Help us pave the way for her to begin an unstoppable path of change with her IUGB STEM academic career, and to do her part in positively changing the world around us.  Give now.  Any amount will make a difference  Thank you in advance for your support!

 

A Graduate Speaks to The Future
A Graduate Speaks to The Future
Mar 4, 2019

March 5 2019 Cote d'Ivoire Rising Update Report

Smiling student in classroom
Smiling student in classroom

te d’Ivoire Rising 2019 – Our Scholars Await Their Chance  

Dearest Friends,

As of this month, March 2019, already our campaign and our University have made real progress.  Thanks to your generosity, to date we have received $5,950 towards our goal, exceeding our original goal of $5,000 and over halfway towards our total goal of $10,000.  March 8, 2019 International Women’s Day, fast approaches with the theme of #BalanceforBetter.  A more gender-balanced world requires a level educational playing field, and that is exactly what our STEM scholarship will achieve. 

Your support of Côte d’Ivoire Rising through the GlobalGiving Girl Fund changes this scenario.  100% of your donation funds a scholarship with state-of-the art technological training at the International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB).  These young women will soon have access to IBM courses in Artificial Intelligence Analyst, Cloud Application Developer; Big Data Engineer and Blockchain Hyperledger Developer.  With such skills, these young women can introduce their own solutions to Africa’s greatest challenges.  When women from all economic walks of life have a place at the table to voice their solutions, true wealth can be built within a nation-and far beyond.

The young female scholar-and more importantly, many others just like her-wait for their chance to make history.  Time is of the essence.  Thank you for your support, and in advance for sharing our campaign widely with your peers and friends.

Yours for balanced education,

Project Manager Denise Berry

 
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