We held the August Leadership Academy on the theme 'Owning and Leading the Self'. We brought together all the girls in the scholarship program for a series of workshops focused on imparting 21st Century skills. The workshops focused on Emotional Intelligence, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights as well as Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence. Read On
In August, we sent 4 scholars from MaryHill Girls High School and the Kenya High School for the Yale Young African Scholars that was held in Ghana, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. They have shared their experiences.
Our Gap-Year Program recruits East African high school graduates to take part in a 9-month program that targets girls aged 17-20. The program is an opportunity for these girls to learn essential skills that would prepare them for transition to university and beyond. Through intensive skills development training, internship placement and community service engagement, the Gap Year provides a space for these girls to build their capacity as young women leaders.
We celebrate our alumnae Martha Chumo, a self-taught programmer who founded the Nairobi Dev School at the age of 19 after she was denied a visa to attend a hacking school in the United States. The Dev School has successfully trained 150 youth from Kenya and South Sudan. Inspired by her work, UNESCO started the “Searching for Martha” project to identify and support other women in tech like Martha in the continent. Read More
We celebrate our alumnae at Ashesi University, Faith, Pauline, Nanis and Claire and 9 other students who came up with a startup ORDEL Refrigeration Systems which manufactures Ordel, an odour eliminating and 100% organic product, that neutralizes the bad smell in refrigerators using a natural activated carbon method for eliminating bad odour from the roots and that is simple to use. Read More
Alumnae, Cynthia takes us through her journey with Akili Dada, from when got a scholarship, to founding a mentorship program in her community, Life Lifters, to studying at Ashesi University and being accepted into the Melton Fellowship. Read more
We look back at the strides made by Leah, Gap-Year intern and former alumnae of the scholarship program, in her time at Akili Dada. From starting a community library back at home, to planting trees, Leah has interned for various organisations locally and abroad. Read on
During the August Leadership Academy, we held a chit chat with Akili Dada scholars on the behind the spate of burning schools in Kenya. They had this to say.
We visited our Fellow in Uganda, Valentine Nishimwe who has started a carwash from which young women are able to eke a living. Read More
In July 2016, we paid a visit to our 2016 fellow, Jane Ndibarekera Bukenya in Kampala, Uganda. Read on how she is using tech to advance education in Uganda