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From robots to girl power, getting Cameroon's women into work
by Inna Lazareva
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30 July 2018
On 30 July 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported:
Nearly one in three girls in Cameroon are married by 18 and drop out of school early. But new science schemes are hoping to turn girls into tech innovators. In a country where one in four girls do not even learn to read, Xaviera, one of about 20 young Cameroonians studying at the NextGen centre in Yaounde, is picking up the basics of artificial intelligence. The centre is the brainchild of Janet Fofang, a pioneering scientist and teacher who aims to train the future tech innovators of her country -- with a particular focus on its girls.
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'I love doing that because the physics that they teach us (at school) is all applied here,' [Xaviera] told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. 'And it makes me a little bit smarter!'
It [NextGen centre in Yaounde] enables young Cameroonians to learn to write code, make robots, and acquire advanced computer skills, and is one of a range of initiatives Fofang has set up, including a technological school for 800 pupils.
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