The projects integrated the learnings from the workshops offered by Google, Intel, NASA, GirlUp, NUST and the U.S. State Department. Participants consisted of girls from eSwatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, United States and Namibia.
The camp has previously been hosted in Rwanda, Peru, and Malawi, but this was the first time that a host institution also delivered part of the curriculum. NUST offered workshops in Cyber Security, Music Coding, Media Literacy, and Engineering.
Local industry representatives, along with parliamentarians and other government officials attended a networking event with Intel, Google, and NASA.
Some of the highlights of the camp included cultural nights, an outing to N/a’an ku sê Lodge, and mentor sessions with the U.S. Ambassador to Namibia, H.E Lisa Johnson, as well as academics from NUST. She also spoke to the girls at the closing ceremony. “This camp was just a beginning. As you return home, I encourage you to keep the spirit of WiSci going. Be an ambassador for all that WiSci stands for, that is, intellectual curiosity, cross-cultural understanding, and support for young women interested in STEAM fields,” Ambassador Johnson remarked.
The Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, officially closed the camp, and encouraged the learners to impart the knowledge they gained during the camp to their friends and family.
All in all, the camp was deemed a success and Dr Anicia Peters, the Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Informatics, who was the main local WiSci Coordinator, said: “We are very happy that all the various sections at NUST were involved and ultimately contributed to the success of this camp. We received tremendous publicity on Twitter under the hashtags #WiSci2018 and #WiSciNamibia.”
World Learning, an international development organisation, arranged the camp with funding from the U.S. State Department. Amongst the various gifts the girls walked away with, were tablet computer devices from Intel.