MY ELEVATOR PITCH

Sophie Ngassa
Posted March 11, 2017 from Cameroon
Training workshop for women on using social media for development.
To inspire girls in to STEM fields.
Training girls on computer digital litracy skills.
Training girls on computer digital litracy skills. (1/1)

I’m Sophie Ngassa. I’m a STEM advocate and tech instructor in Cameroon to girls ages 10 to 18. I run project-based programs where I teach them hands-on digital skills. My goal is to help develop their passion for STEM early on with the guidance of mentors. Currently, 25% of students in STEM programs are girls. I aim to narrow this gender tech divide, so our women can have equal access to the opportunities STEM fields provide.

#STEM4GIRLS

#Mentors4Change

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You can be a mentor for our girls. Tell others about my vision and share my world pulse posts.

Your freewill donations of equipment such as computers or laptops, will be highly appreciated to support this initiative. Thanks.

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WorldCare
Mar 11, 2017
Mar 11, 2017

Hello Sophie, I am delighted to read of your important efforts to help girls get the training necessary to contribute much to society. I appreciate that you take this leadership. STEM embodies many skills, and girls can develop these skills as well as boys. Thank you for telling us of your efforts. I hope you can continue and bring many girls into the programs. Best of luck!

Sophie Ngassa
Mar 21, 2017
Mar 21, 2017

Dear WorldCare, Thanks for you message. I am very encouraged to continue working to bring many more girls to attend STEM programs.Technology drives everything in life and we need more women in to the tech work force.

Jill Langhus
Mar 11, 2017
Mar 11, 2017

Hey there, Sophie:-) Great to see you in a video. You're so cute. You go girl!!! Love, love, love your passion:-)

Sophie Ngassa
Mar 21, 2017
Mar 21, 2017

Dear jlanghus,

Thank you,love too.

 I believe that it is important to cultivate environments within STEM and Computer Science in particular where women feel welcome and comfortable.

Jill Langhus
Mar 22, 2017
Mar 22, 2017

You're welcome:) Have a great day!

Shirley Kimmayong
Mar 13, 2017
Mar 13, 2017

Love the hat and the earrings! It's inspiring to know women like you who are advocating for STEM. All the best!

Sophie Ngassa
Mar 21, 2017
Mar 21, 2017

Dear Lei,

Thank you. I hope to advance women and girls in my community in this new ara of technology and to inspire and train them effectively.

JulieG
Mar 15, 2017
Mar 15, 2017

Great work, Sophie!  I love learning about your efforts to give girls equal access to STEM fields and the opportunities they provide. (I also watched your youtube video and appreciated learning more details about your vision and program.)

Sophie Ngassa
Mar 21, 2017
Mar 21, 2017

Dear JulieG,

Thank you very much.I will be pleased to contribute in closing the gender tech gap in Cameroon by encouraging girls interest and involvement in STEM fields via running programs to inspire them.

Mercedes
Mar 17, 2017
Mar 17, 2017

Great pitch!

Sophie Ngassa
Mar 21, 2017
Mar 21, 2017

Dear Mercedes,

Thank you very much.

A long term solution to this problem could be to introduce the girls to the world of programming at an early age. I am motivated from my own experience to inspire, train and equip them with skills on how to apply tech in their day to day life.

Mercedes
Mar 21, 2017
Mar 21, 2017

I know various training programs for programmers, so they can start at an early age. My son at 7 years old started this free program:  https://www.coursera.org/learn/a-programarBut there are a lot of other free programs:https://www.pluralsight.com/kids-courseshttps://www.coursera.org/courses?query=programming

Google's free trainging (english): https://www.udacity.com/google

https://code.org/

There are a lot of trainings, maybe you could get funding for setting up a lab so this kids can learn there? 

Great job Sophie!!!

Sophie Ngassa
Mar 21, 2017
Mar 21, 2017

Thanks for this info.This is actually my vision; to set up a computer lab where children will learn basic programming skills such as software coding, mobile app creation and website development. Cheers.

Mercedes
Mar 21, 2017
Mar 21, 2017

I really love your vision!!! That could be such a powerful opportunity for girls! Keep the great work Sophie!

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 19, 2017
Mar 19, 2017

Hi Sophie,

Really nicely done, and such important work. Those girls will never forget you and your encouragement.

Tam

Sophie Ngassa
Mar 21, 2017
Mar 21, 2017

Dear Tam,

Thank you for the king words, Nice to hear this

.Yes, I really want to increase digital litracy in young girls in Cameroon.I have realized that girls from our region are usually very shy and they hesitate to ask questions. I want to help them build self confidence in STEM fields using practical methods.

ncycat
Mar 30, 2017
Mar 30, 2017

Wonderful video, and thank you for your continuing efforts. While you are developing computer literacy skills and encouraging STEM awareness and proficiency among the girls in your region, are opportunities for their use also increasing in your region? What do you see as being the future for these girls as they step into the technological century, and what are the prominent areas where they will be able to apply their skills?

Sophie Ngassa
Apr 19, 2017
Apr 19, 2017

Dear ncycat, Thanks for the great comment. At school they will not shy away from STEM courses. Girls will develop the  power to go in to programs that are perceived as difficult and later choose a STEM career path that is regarded as hard. Yes, later on they will choose a career in STEM field and work in Tech industry to increase female work force in STEM.

Sophie Ngassa
Apr 18, 2017
Apr 18, 2017

Dear ncyat,

I believe ITC is an exciting career choice for women, given that all industries rely on in some way on computer and internet technology. There are a lot of possibilities and opportunities for young women and girls in STEM in Cameroon and all around the world. Women are exposed to a whole new world of employment possibilities and the benefits in the Tech industry are enormous:The TECH industry is the fastest growing with lots of job openings.Now they are the highest paying jobs. Lots of vacancies and good potential for advancement.Some prominent areas to apply their skills are shopping, banking, transportation, time management, health care, communication and it crosses through all sectors.