Get Ready, Nathalie Tekam

SH-WeTech-SeedFund-NathalieTekamProject and Leader:

Yaounde, Cameroon
Nathalie Tekam

What inspired you to get involved with this project/organization?

Throughout my engineering studies and my career in field of ICT (for nearly eight years), there have always been very few women involved, and often I was the only one. With my professional responsibilities increasing, I realized that the problem is deeper than just the number of women in STEM fields. It is also a matter of believing in their innovation potential and taking the necessary steps to create and lead, instead of just being present, even for professional women already working in STEM.

I was motivated to act to change girls’ mindset regarding STEM fields as soon as they enter primary school. By giving them access to IT educational tools, a tailored training content and discussions with women in STEM role models, I hope to encourage them to choose and persevere in STEM fields, while considering innovation as a natural goal.

What do you hope to learn from the WeTech Network?

Through the WeTech Network, I hope to learn from the experiences of other grantees as well as WeTech. I hope that this network will give me a chance to meet new people and organizations who share similar beliefs.

What is your big dream for girls and women in STEM?

My dream is for girls and women in Cameroon and other countries to really believe that they are able to achieve anything, and taking initiative to become change agents and leaders, especially in STEM fields.

What is the goal of your project?

Our goal is to first change young girls’ mindset about STEM fields and careers by presenting them as accessible and attractive. Secondly, we aim to increase their innovation potential via an early computer literacy and adoption of ICT tools as problem solving utilities.

Who is the target audience for your project?

Our primary target is girls between the ages 8 to 18 who do not have access to computers or do not consider ICT tools as educational and who are still in the limitless possibility phase regarding what profession to enter later.

Anything else?

We want to thank WeTech and their partners for allowing us to expand our project and help more girls to be equipped and encouraged to choose STEM fields! With this Seed Fund grant, we are able to multiply our reach this first year. Most importantly, it will allow us to target girls in schools that would have not had the possibility to provide ICT educational tools to their students because they could not previously afford to buy computers.

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