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Tech4dev Graduates 847 Women Techster Fellows from 15 African Countries

Technology for Social Change and Development Initiative (Tech4Dev) has graduated 847 beneficiaries from 15 African countries from its Women Techsters Fellowship class of 2023 after a six-month-long intensive learning phase.

The recipients completed eight specially curated in-demand learning tracks, including Mobile Development, Software Development, Product Design, Product Management, Cybersecurity, Data Science/Artificial Intelligence Engineering, Blockchain, and Mixed Reality/3D.

The Women Techsters Fellowship is a one-year virtual learning program that includes six months of rigorous training as well as a six-month internship opportunity to supplement the learning phase. From a pool of 14,509 completed applications and 77,000 attempted applications from 15 African nations, 1,466 recipients were admitted to the class of 2023.

Nigeria had the most graduated beneficiaries (733), while Kenya had 27 fellows graduate. Ghana and Ethiopia each had 16 grads, while Egypt and Uganda each had 12 graduates. Out of the 24 students who enrolled in the program, 11 fellows from South Africa graduated. Mozambique (6), Madagascar (4), Botswana (2), Tanzania (2), Algeria (1), DR Congo (1), Zambia (1), Rwanda (1), and Malawi (1) are the other countries.

Joel Ogunsola, Founder and President of Tech4Dev, who congratulated the fellows on their outstanding achievement, stated that the organization will do everything possible to support their technological travels.

“Congratulations on the entire journey, it’s not been the easiest but ultimately, it’s going to be far more rewarding. We will ensure that we continually support your journey as we advance as an organization. We’ll create more structure and processes to support your tech journey. For us at Tech4dev, this is only the beginning of the journey, six months is a long time but growing your career and competence takes a whole lot more”.

“We ultimately believe that it can only get better. There’s still a lot to learn to become a leader but ultimately, the sky is the starting point for you.”

Co-founder and Executive Director Oladiwura Oladepo added, “Over the past six months, you (Fellows) all have been trained by the best minds in Africa, and since the completion of the learning phase, we are proud to say that 20 of the Fellows have already secured jobs, while 18 others have been placed in internships.

“This is precisely why the Women Techsters Initiative was created; to empower African girls and women with the much-needed digital skills and support structure to access decent job opportunities within the technology ecosystem or establish technology-enabled businesses and startups.”

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