Drop The Fear & Challenges And Embrace Your Future In Tech

Rachyrae
Posted April 13, 2019

I never derived pleasure in the Nigerian Curriculum Of Teaching Mathematics and Physics or any subject related to STEAM. For me it seemed "Too Difficult" ,"A Drag", "Ridiculously Boring", "Too Much Formulas That Never Made Sense", "Go And Form Your Notes ", "Not Enough Laboratory Equipment", "Teachers Who Used 1960 Curriculum To Teach A Millennial". I failed again and again and again in Sciences it felt like I would never outgrow my ambition to become a technologist or a professional in ICT as girl. Truly, it hit me hard.

And so I shifted to arts where I found pleasure and bagged out with one of the best results in my time.

 

Ultimately it did not end there, during my time in University, I also opted into arts and humanities because for me, there was the fear that I was undeserving to go into STEM courses, My heart will beat when I heard Sciences or any thing that had to look like a formula and there was a strong stereotype that girls belonged to arts and young men should be in engineering and sciences. Yet Still, I excelled in arts and humanities.

 

Nobody told me that Mathematics, physics or any other STEM courses could be applied to our daily lives. All, I ever saw as a growing girl was formulas and algebras. Abstracts that did not reflect the true meaning of what ought to be. Nobody fed my curiosity that driving was applied mathematics - that when i reverse my sterling on my wheels I will be applying a 90 or 180 degree angle in order to move my wheels. Nobody told me that when I am in the Theatre, applied Maths will help me to locate my seat, to predict the duration of a spectacle, or to calculate light intensity. I was not taught that when I thank my colleagues, friends and interests, social networks and the website I surf provides an experience ever more closely aligned with my tastes over time. Behind this “phenomenon” lies a raft of algorithms that would not be possible without advanced or applied Mathematics. Or when I have to calculate my taxes or when I am in the gym and I need to keep count to stay in synch with the sequence of movements. I was not taught that estimating the distance and time involved in getting to a destination involved applied mathematics. I could go on and on but my point is everyday, we deal with STEM and ICT whether we love it or not. As you can see, mathematics has many real, practical applications in our everyday lives: Whether in relation to cooking, shopping or buying a house. Without mathematics, a great many technological innovations and inventions would never have been born. Approximately inevitable. SO WHY DID I HAVE TO GO ON BEING SCARED? It was high time I broke that chain and I did. But during my early years of work experience where I managed projects with teams and organizations, I saw the under-representation of women and persons living with disabilities in maximizing their productivity using technology. I recognized their struggles with my past fear for STEM development. In order to bridge that gap and break the barrier of the difficulty in STEM, I developed my skills in STEM. Currently, I impart STEM skills and knowledge to people living with special needs, women and teenagers. I am most proud of the accomplishment that PWDs can now access digital skills through the training we provide for them. I promised myself that I will learn the ropes, devise a ladder and throw that ladder for other young women to climb and discover their true selves. Going Forward, I can assure you, that a lot of girls and women in WorldPulse platform experienced the same difficulty and stigma back in school. So then, to the ladies out there: We really sell themselves short. If I had a way, i could earn a buck for every time I heard someone say “I’m not a tech person" . Because that is a farce and has to stop. So let’s look at it this way. You spend HOURS of your day surfing the web, posting on social media (WorldPulse), streaming video, writing and commenting in documents, firing off emails, checking your phone for texts, filtering photos, Feeds and Videos to upload them on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, programming your DVR, and doing 85 other things online. ...but you’re not a tech person? . You ought to give it a thought to start using the short list of Tech Skills examples mentioned above alongside the professional & Self acquisitions you already developed to positively impact lives and possibly earn from it. ALMOST EVERYONE CAN BE STEM INCLINED (SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS) IF YOU WANT TO. OF WHICH YOU CAN. All we need is a little push to get that height of attainment.

 

So in conclusion, running a digital technology company as ARPG Tech gives me meaningfulness, the reason is because, for me, this not only a profitable platform to make money and add value to women and teenagers lives but also its a platform to lift other women who have allowed themselves for so long be marginalized into thinking that technology or STEM acquisition is difficult or extremely challenging. They can make it too. YES.

In fact, all those ladies who have benefited from our organization now understand the true meaning that technology is an integral part of our lives and can be used to transform self, education, communities, health approach, environmental issues, climate issues, security issues, political issues and social economical issues at large.

To get more involved in our upcoming Africa Education Technology Faire 2019 in Lagos Nigeria which I am organizing alongside other reputable organizations, private chat me or send us an email to info@arpgtech.com

 

Lastly follow us on instagram, Facebook and twitter on @arpgtech.

 

Thank you ladies!

Enjoy the read.   

This story was submitted in response to Girls in ICT Day.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 14
Apr 14

Hi Racheal,

How are you doing? Thanks for sharing your personal experience with STEM and ICT. Yes, you aren't alone. I can definitely relate to what you're saying. I'm so glad, and I'm sure plenty of others are, too, that you have encouraged and are empowering others to overcome these beliefs and stigmas. I'm following your organization on Twitter and FB now.

Hope you're having a great day!

Rachyrae
Apr 14
Apr 14

Thank you so much my Darling Jill. You make me happy anytime you encourage me with your words and 100% sure that a lot of women can attest to your goodwill messages. Yes i saw your follow up. I will follow you back too..i am having a great day and you?

Rachyrae
Apr 14
Apr 14

Thank you so much my Darling Jill. You make me happy anytime you encourage me with your words and 100% sure that a lot of women can attest to your goodwill messages. Yes i saw your follow up. I will follow you back too..i am having a great day and you?

Jill Langhus
Apr 14
Apr 14

You're very welcome, dear:-)

Glad to hear:-)

Awesome. Yes, thank you!

Alfia Johnson
Apr 26
Apr 26

Greetings! I enjoyed reading your essay. It is very inspiring to know that you are making a difference in the lives of women and teenagers. I wanted to know if your program is also available in rural communities. Also, I tried to access the Africa Education Technology Fair 2019 link that was posted in the text, but it was not available. Please let me know if there is another site. Continue to thrive in all of the work that you are doing in the community. Cheers!

Rachyrae
Apr 26
Apr 26

Dear Alfia, thank you so much for connecting with my story. It makes me fulfilled knowing that people like you resonate with it. Well, our programs are mainly within the metropolitan area where the average, and below average persons thrive and willing to upscale their professional life.

The Africa Education Technology Fair Link is www.edtechafrica360.org. you can click on this link.

Thank you so much. I will be willing to assist or help in whatsoever way that you wish

Ndongmanji Eunice
Apr 30
Apr 30

Hello Rachyrae,
Hope you are doing great. I am so inspired by your story and most of all i love the platform you have created to inspire girls, women and those with disability which I know will foster their growth and development. Bravo to the good work. I know your story will inspire many others.
kind regards

Rachyrae
May 02
May 02

Thank you so much Eunice.
Truly, your words are a source of inspiration.

Lisbeth
May 06
May 06

How are you? Its a cool experience, keep working hard for your sisters. I love your opening images, especially the dancing or jogging picture? Is that your girls? What was the occasion? You all look very happy lovely.

Feka
Aug 18
Aug 18

Awesome!! Those subjects are real nightmare to students. Thank God you are making a difference.

Rachyrae
Aug 19
Aug 19

Thank you so much Feka. I am glad you understand from their perspective because it is only when we empathize, we can draw up solutions to challenges.