Africa ICT Right Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation 2018 Grant Award
The Motorola Solutions Foundation approved a grant of $15,000 USD for Africa ICT Right’s Girls In Tech (GTech) program. The Motorola Solutions Foundation included Africa ICT Right in its network of partners as it continues to support innovative public safety and technology and engineering education programs across the globe. Africa ICT Right was asked to direct the grant funds to solely support the coding bootcamp.
“The Motorola Solutions Foundation is honored to and privileged to support the work of Africa ICT Right,” said Matt Blakely, Executive Director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We believe in organizations that are fostering innovation, building partnerships, and driving change, and we’re proud to be part of the positive impact they’re making in communities.”
Through the grant, Africa ICT Right will introduce 5,214 girls to an hour of after-school coding and robotics programming, for a period of 12 months, where they will learn how to program a robot using scratch programming language. These girls are part of 36 schools in the Ga- East Municipal Assembly. The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as Africa ICT Right, which support and advance public safety programs and technology and engineering education initiatives.
Using such grants, Africa ICT Right hopes to inspire young girls at an early age to gain interest and engage in computer science and computer programming by exposing them to innovative, hands-on technology and engineering activities, such as coding, programming, and robotics. As technology dominates our lives, we believe that coding is an essential skill. Learning to code teaches you how to solve problems and work together in creative ways.
This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help more than 3 million students, teachers, first responders, and community members around the globe. There is a specific focus on providing grants to programs that impact underrepresented populations, including females, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans.