From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report.
East Africa is a growing technology center. The area creates award-winning applications for wireless or mobile devices at a fast rate. The newly established companies there are full of imagination. What they lack are females. One group in Uganda is working to guarantee that women are not left behind in the technology industry.
Christine Ampaire is a 23-year-old computer programming engineer in Uganda. She says girls in Uganda are pressured from an early age to study what many consider to be easy subjects. She says that parents and teachers often think math and science are too difficult for girls.
Ms. Ampaire co-established Girl Geek Kampala two years ago. The group teaches women the skills they need to make profitable applications and websites. They also bring in female technology leaders to speak to the students and serve as models of success in business. Girl Geek courses are free. They are held in facilities donated by a technology company. Christine Ampaire estimates that they have trained around 150 women so far.
Similar programs have been created in Kenya and South Africa. Ms. Ampaire says in years past she would know every one of the women at technology events she attended across Africa. Now, the computer programmer says, she sees more and more new faces. She says the gender imbalance remains high but the difference is clear to see. Ms. Ampaire believes that for Uganda women to truly succeed in technologies, they need to create openings for themselves. She says no one else is going to do that.