1) What is WIT, the WIT objectives and aspirations?
Safaricom Women in Technology (WIT) is an organization of passionate women from Safaricom technology driven divisions dedicated to inspiring women from different backgrounds to advance their careers from classroom to board room. These efforts are geared towards creating an opportunity to tap into the unused talent and innovative ideas sitting on the bench with our girls, whilst dynamic trends continue to emerge in the Technology space.
The program is organized into 6 streams:
I. Kids go tech: “ Creativity in innovation”
A program focusing on children between 5-16 years of age, Kidz go tech is aimed at nurturing creativity and innovation in children through practical science and technology fun filled activities. The program is organized through collaboration with the university of Nairobi Lablab club and the Funkidz team.
Each season of Kidz go tech exposes children to 6 weeks of fun filled creative innovation through Lego building exercises. So far Kidz go tech has had 2 successful seasons and an outreach session in partnership with Banda School.
II. 47/47 High school outreach and mentorship
This is a “see-and-believe” program aimed at reaching out to at least 47 girls’ high schools in one year (drawn from all the 47 counties in Kenya). Through this program, WIT aims to demystify technology by exposing girls to the real tech world and to women already working in the technology industry therefore inspiring them to consider careers in technology.
The program which started in 2013 has already reached out to over 27 high schools across the country so far. Some of the schools that have had a chance to visit one of Safaricom ’s Switching centers include;
Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls—Nyeri County
Moi Girls School Isinya—Kajiado County
Limuru Girls School—Kiambu County
West Pokot county; Mnagei High School
Busia county; St. Monica Chakol Girls’ High School
Homa Bay county; Asumbi Girls
Trans Nzoia county; St. Brigid’s Girls High School
Nandi county; Kapsabet Girls
Nyamira county; Omoyo High School
Uasin Gishu county; Turbo girls
Kericho county; Butuik Secondary
Bungoma county; Misikhu Girls
Kisumu county; Nyakach Girls High School
Baringo county; Toniok Girls
Bomet county; Kaplong Gilrs
Kakamega county; Mukumu Girls
Siaya county; Sega Girls High School
Elgeyo-Marakwet county; Singore Girls
Vihiga county; Moi Girls Vokoli
Migori county; Kadika Girls
Kisii county; Nyabururu girls
III. Campus Outreaches
Campus outreach programs target female engineering students at institutions of higher learning, the outreach programs provide support needed to make the female upcoming engineers successful. Such avenues include campus career expose visits as well as the Flagship WIT internship program where 4th year female students are provided internship opportunities in Safaricom ‘s technology division. Currently we have 33 girls under this program.
Partners in this program include
IV. WIT Networking Forum.
This is our main avenue for engagement with Women in technology across industry in Kenya. WIT networking forums are monthly cocktail power talk sessions organized with the aim of providing a platform for women in tech industry to advance their careers from entry level to the boardroom, by networking and learning from the experiences of the invited guests who are mostly successful women and men across tech industry. The events are also aimed at providing an opportunity for women in tech to build their social capital. Predator and its browse around this web-site prey, features of a coral reef area and the growth stage of the fish from larvae stage to the full size