For some time now, I have been having great reflections on how to keep my offline campaign ongoing and to maximize my impact of getting as many girls as possible to attend STEM programs at CYEED. This week I reviewed my resource map that we developed during the Advanced Digital Changemaking program. Looking at all the resources I have around me. I decided to meet one of the past winners of MOS Champion who is presently a student at the University of Bamenda.
After searching information about him on line and offline, I was able to connect with him and plan a meetup. I had a very brief and fruitful discussion with him during which I expressed my request. I was very happy when he immediately accepted to come over to CYEED to talk about his experience and challenges about MOS champion to the future champions.
I went on and planned the next phase for my campaign on “Bring a Girl to STEM”. The ultimate goal of my digital action campaign is to bridge the gender tech divide in Cameroon by inspiring and motivating girls during STEM programs. I aim to see 70% girls attending STEM programs and winning awards and 70 % girls at school doing STEM education.
On the 19th of May 2017, our Microsoft Office 2015 World Champion from Cameroon, Bamenda was at CYEED's office to share his experience and inspire the next generation of champions from Cameroon especially girls.
This is part of the launching ceremony of the "Bring a girl to STEM" campaign, a campaign that will eradicate the stereotypes about STEM education created by our culture in order to give girls ages 10 to 18 equal access to opportunities.
We are very excited to have firsthand information from Bryce N. The children had the unique opportunity to have a 101 with him. He patiently answered all the questions, and doubts and I could see how relaxed our children became.
Bryce delivered a brilliant presentation about his whole experience, including his next steps for the future. He encouraged them to work hard and study properly for the competition. He talked about the training, the exam, preparation for travel, USA experience for his first time, His return welcome and the impact in his life.He went ahead and inspired them to see themselves not just as users of technology, but as builders, designers, creators and entrepreneurs.
The highest point was when we watched the video of the MOS Championship Award Ceremony in 2015. When the kids recognized Bryce in the video receiving his award, they all shouted out for joy running to hug him. Everybody got up and danced for joy.
Together the children song a famous song “We are the chosen generation”.
At the end of the event all the children were excited about MOS Championship 2017. The children discovered how lucky they really are. The younger ones said they were going to come in next year for the MOS championship and other programs.
This was a really heart touching moment for the children who very were amazed to listen to his life changing story from his own mouth.
Bryce was as well very excited and he said he will come to CYEED once a week to help me with the amazing work I am doing.He is happy to be part of my campaign.
I also discovered that involving men and boys in the process will be very helpful.
During my closing remarks I asked the children to keep their parents, friends and neighbors informed about their experience for this day. This will help in spreading the information about my campaign activities and programs.
We were privileged to have a journalist of local radio station at this event. So touched by the work I am doing and the reaction of the kids, he decided to run the radio campaign at a reduced cost. Next month my campaign will be on air.
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