A room above a mosque in the Ghanaian capital of Accra has become an unlikely classroom for some unlikely students. The room has been turned into a classroom for young girls to learn how to code, writes Thomas Page for CNN.
The class is part of non-profit education project Achievers Ghana, which was set up by local Amadu Mohammad with the aim of preparing young girls for formal education by offering extracurricular classes in reading, math, poetry and information technology.
The children are taught coding by tech entrepreneur Regina Agyare, who originally visited the school in a one-off seminar as part of her mentorship initiative “Tech Needs Girls”. Agyare fell in love with the students and set up a coding club that teaches the children every week in the hope that many of them will be able to go to university. Achievers Ghana is currently working on a scholarship program to make this a realistic prospect.
The organisation is also attempting to confront gender expectations by integrating boys with the existing female students. "Girls were being forced to marry early; [denied] their right to go to school. Most of their dreams and aspirations were limited to just what was around them. I was shocked... I thought we had progressed as a nation. I thought we had gone past that", says Agyare.
By challenging these social conventions and showcasing that women can contribute to society in the same way men can, Agyare is also going a long way to right the gender imbalance that exists in programming around the world.