Feb 25, 2020

Mondelez Cocoa Life Partnership: More Internships, More Help for Cote d'Ivoire Rising

Dearest Friends,

We’re so grateful that you, our supporters have enabled us to reach $6,295.00 in funding towards a full scholarship for a rural female student at the International University of Grand-Bassam in Côte d’Ivoire.  We still need to raise another $10,105 to reach our goal of $16,400.  We can’t reach our financial goal without you.

We are proud that you understand the critical importance of this type of education is for under-resourced female students and their families in rural areas.  If they are lucky, they graduate high school and only through a full scholarship will they be able to attend IUGB and receive the education they need to break the cycle of poverty.

You also understand STEM professions are not the norm for these women, and the critical need for role models in universities and corporations, so that these choices become the norm.  This presence of this social conditioning matters as much as the education itself.  Women struggle, even as STEM graduates, to transition from the educational world to the world of work. 

At IUGB Foundation, we believe that universities and corporations should work hand in hand; respectively to produce a skilled workforce and to efficiently provide opportunities that maximize 21st century skills to build the economy.  As an example, the IUGB Foundation recently initiated and facilitated a partnership with Mondelez International Cocoa Life.  Mondelez has partnered with IUGB for our students and alumni to work on urban and rural projects with this global brand in Abidjan. Cocoa is one of Côte d’Ivoire’s main exports and an important source of economic development.

Students and graduates alike can apply for internship positions to increase their skills in research, public policy, data science, IT, M&E and community development.  Part of Cocoa Life’s mission is to empower the men, women, and youth within cocoa communities to lead their own development and improve their livelihoods through entrepreneurship.

Through this partnership benefits all students, it is of particular value to our female STEM scholars to act as peers for the youngest of their community members.  That is why IUGB Foundation constantly seeks such corporate-university partnerships.  Thank you for your support, and we look forward to reporting out on more promising partnerships in the coming months!

Nov 25, 2019

She CAN with an IUGB STEM Scholarship

Dr. Akossi presents her thesis
Dr. Akossi presents her thesis

She CAN [she DID, and she WILL] with an IUGB STEM Scholarship

Dearest Friends,

In this season of gratitude-we are grateful for your loyal support!  We are reaching out to you, our strongest allies and supporters, because we know you understand the value of STEM education for females, especially those in remote communities.  You have helped us raise $6,220 to date.   We need your help to go the financial distance to secure IUGB STEM education for more than one female student in Côte d’Ivoire. $16,400 covers all costs for the academic year (excluding room and board) for two female scholars.

The strongest formula for success and achievement for a nation to give its female population equal access to a superior STEM education.  Female engineers, technicians, mathematicians make unique contributions to their respective fields.  Just ask these IUGB alumnae:

Dr. Aurelie Akossi, who defended her Ph.D  (GSU, 2019; IUGB alumna 2011) on applied mathematics in epidemiology, plans to keep working on problems in the field of inverse problems and mathematical epidemiology and hopes to contribute something meaningful to Côte d’Ivoire.

Mariam Fofana, MS, Quantitative Risk Analysis; Data Analysis; Data Scientist and recently named a 2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholar offers a rare and necessary skill.  [Her] “passion is in transforming raw data into meaningful information that can be easily understood by a non-technical audience.”

Fatima Doumbia,  MS African University of Science and Technology, Abuja, Nigeria, and IUGB Alumna (2017) says, “At IUGB I was taught to ask the tough questions-and to develop my own solutionsAs  .Côte d’Ivoire  is ranked first in the world regarding cocoa production, my answer is to use programming to model farmer decision making processes.  I will propose solutions to help them make decisions in the context of climate change.”

The IUGB STEM Scholars can help change the lack of STEM education in underserved areas by serving as role models.  With your help, more young women can attend-and have HOPE from these IUGB scholarships.

You can help us achieve our goal for underrepresented female students in following ways: (1) Ask five of your friends to donate to our campaign.  (2)  Be an IUGB Foundation Campaign Superstar and share with at least 20 other people across social media channels. (3) Mobilize your professional and women’s associations to invest in a scholarship!  Finally, watch for our Giving Tuesday announcements December 5th.  

In Côte d’Ivoire, there are so many women with unrealized intellectual capacity.  All they want is the opportunity for STEM training at IUGB so that they can contribute their innovations to the world.  We know you share hope in the future of Africa every bit as much as we do-and that you will help us support this next generation of future changers.

Note:  Dr. Akossi, Ms. Fofana and Ms. Doumbia grant their permission to use the photographs here.

Fatima Doumbia
Fatima Doumbia
Mariam Fofana
Mariam Fofana
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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