Pearls Africa Foundation is Teaching Girls How to Code and is set to raise $50,000 from Subaru, Japanese Automobile Giant.
GirlsCoding is breaking barriers, defiling all odds and raising money.
GirlsCoding, an initiative by Abisoye Ajayi Akinfolarin and her company Pearls Africa Foundation has been singled out for a $50,000 funding by Japanese Automobile Giant Subaru. The fund would be used to reach out to more girls, teaching them how to code. However Subaru wants voluntary individuals to raise the $50,000 first so as to match up the donation.
Abisoye Ajayi’s sheer passion for the girl child inspired her to start up “GirlsCoding” and like most African startups, the early struggle was enormous; her visit to the Makoko area in Lagos redefined her passion, never could she imagine the existence of “the worlds largest floating slum” in Nigeria. After her first visit lots of things changed, she made moves, which later resulted in the CNN Heroes Award.
Abisoye Ajayi is trying hard to bridge a very wide gap in Nigeria’s Educational system, Economical System and most importantly poverty alleviation.
Nigeria today has got about 13.2 million out of school children and according to Unicef a whooping 60% of them are girls.
Abisoye is doing much more than teaching them how to code, she’s ensuring that these girls (more than 400 of them now) live a quality life and maybe in turn they’ll do the same to their communities sooner or later.
However, this is a project that needs more, everything and anything you contribute is going to go a long way in helping less privileged Nigerian girls do more for them selves.
While speaking on Dotun’s Building the future podcast Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin emphasized the importance of reaching out, not just to girls underserved living in orphanages, correctional homes and the likes, but to those in the IDP camps fleeing from various degrees of security challenges particularly boko haram in Nigeria.
She also discussed how five of the Makoko girls built an astonishing startup that started making money before it was even advertised.
Here’s the Link to the podcast – Teaching girls how to code. How to democratise opportunities. Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, Founder at Pearls Africa Foundation