Mar 10, 2020

New Partnership for Girls' Education

Girls Watching Role Model Marie Claire Murekatete
Girls Watching Role Model Marie Claire Murekatete

Career Girls and our local implementing partner, Starlight Africa, are excited to announce a new program with Girl Guides of Rwanda. Beginning in July 2020, girls between 13-25 years old, coming from all districts of Rwanda, will attend Summer Camp. Starlight Africa team members will educate 500 girls, over a three day period, about subjects such as STEAM, career guidance, arts, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship, using Career Girls Role Model videos and related curricula.

The collaboration with Girl Guides of Rwanda will mark a fivefold increase in the number of girls directly engaged with Career Girls role model video and curricula. The opportunity to partner with Girls Guides of Rwanda is a direct result of last year’s pilot project in which 100 girls participated in a month-long program where they learned about STEM subjects and careers.

During our Career Girls partnership with Starlight Rwanda, the girls were drawn to the story and career of Marie Claire Murekatete. She’s a Software Manager, and just like these girls, from Rwanda. In her videos, Marie Claire advises other Rwandan girls on how she built her career as a coder in Rwanda – attending the University of Rwanda, receiving a government scholarship, taking part in local and regional ICT competitions – all possibilities that are within reach for many of the Rwandan girls we met.

Opening these girls’ eyes to the local opportunities available to them in Rwanda and learning about the career path of a successful Rwandan woman is an invaluable resource in their lives. In fact, one of our girls from Rwanda, Phiona, said:

”What I learned from today’s session is that there [are] many career opportunities like in STEM...my role model in Career Girls is Marie Claire, she deals with coding.”

We agree, Phiona. We think Marie Claire is a great role model too. We cannot wait for Rwanda Girl Guides to see Marie Claire and all the fantastic role models on Career Girls.

Our project in Rwanda would not be possible without donors like you. Thank you for being a Career Girls donor and friend! Your support is essential and allows us to reach more girls every day who are unsure about their futures.

If you love hearing about our work, subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Rwandan Student Participant Reacts To The Program
Rwandan Student Participant Reacts To The Program

Links:

Dec 9, 2019

Meet our Rwandan Career Girls!

Emelyne - Future Computer Engineer
Emelyne - Future Computer Engineer

Earlier this year, Career Girls launched our first international project in Rwanda, in conjunction with local organization Starlight Rwanda. Through this impact-driven project, Career Girls sought to empower Rwandan girls to make their own choices for their futures. When girls are empowered, they can better support themselves, their families, and their communities.

Career Girls reached over 100 girls in Rwanda through a four-week series of interactive workshops based on Career Girls’ free role model video and curricula available on our website, focused on building the confidence and resilience of girls as they work to build their own future careers.

Our local partner on the ground, Starlight Rwanda, adapted the Career Girls curriculum to better fit the needs of these Rwandan girls - highlighting careers that are plentiful in Rwanda but not necessarily spoken of often. In particular, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers was a main focus, as STEM is still a male-dominated industry in Rwanda.

Emelyne, one of our Career Girls in Rwanda, said this: “My career dream is to become a computer engineer. I know how I can change my world through technology and I know how I can develop my career.”

Our project in Rwanda would not be possible without donors like you. Thank you for being a Career Girls donor and friend! Your support is essential and allows us to reach more girls every day who are unsure about their futures.

If you love hearing about our work, subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Meet Some Of Our Rwandan Career Girls
Meet Some Of Our Rwandan Career Girls
Graduation Day!
Graduation Day!

Links:

 
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.