3 to represent Gambia in Mexico Robotic competition

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Three girls; Vanessa Williams, Ida Camara and Amie Sankareh have been named to represent The Gambia in a Robotic competition in Mexico in August on the theme: Energy impact.  They will be accompanied by Juma Baldeh, proprietress of Mozilla club of Hackathongirls as mentor.

The Mozilla club of Hackathongirls was established in 2016 to teach young girls on web literacy as they are more vulnerable in well-established technology in the advance society. The Mexico event will be hosting 160 countries         

Juma Baldeh believes that there are limited numbers of girls in the technology field and that was what compelled her to come with the initiative and setup a club to mentor young girls to study technology to develop their skills and setup projects to assist them. “As a club, I started with 5 girls and now the club has 100 girls.”

She said the girls are in the process of building their robots for the competition and they are practicing a lot to make it perfect, saying this is their first competition with little or no experience. “They were the best during the training for the competition.”

She said the main motive is to encourage 15 to 18 year-old girls into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) which, she said limited number of girls are interested in.

“My aim was to help the girls how to read, write and participate on the web and how to build applications and websites. I believe this initiative will help girls to learn skills to create young leaders to venture into engineering to own their technology companies,” she stated.

Ms. Baldeh said over the two years, they have been doing well and the girls have improved in basics of computer and building websites. “All the training and the work we do are published online to keep records and motivate people to support the girls to be diverse in technology. The club has been recognised in the country and has participated in various competition.”

She said their major challenge is that they don’t have their own space, saying participating in the club is free, while appealing for support to companies to support them.

Author: Rose Zahra Gomez