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[科技报道]乌干达科技界巾帼不让须眉

2014-07-04    来源:普特英语听力    【      美国外教 在线口语培训
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From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report.

East Africa is a growing technology center. The area creates award-winning applications for various of 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 program 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.

"I won't say they think girls are stupid, they just think that the hard stuff is for boys because they are stronger. They generally assume because she's weaker physically, maybe mentally she will not cope with the hard stuff," said Ampaire.

But Ms. Ampaire knows better. Two years ago, she co-founded Girl Geek Kampala, 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. Ms. Ampaire says one thing Uganda women lack is the belief that they are able to do things.

"In our class, most of the girls just kept quiet and took the back seat when it came to doing coursework and all these other things. I thought maybe if we had an environment where it's no judgment, it's safe for everyone to say, ‘I want to start from the beginning,' it would be really cool," said Ampaire.

But Ms. Ampaire also says Uganda women need more than just trust in themselves.

"I feel the skills are part of that whole process of building confidence. If I can write my whole app by myself, then I'll be more confident to say I'm a girl in tech," said Ampaire.

Girl Geek's 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 everyone of the women at technology events she attended across Africa. Now the computer programmer says she sees more and more new faces.

"That kind of excites me. I'm like, 'Wow, we are growing.' The gender imbalance is still high, but you can see the difference. The change is happening," said Ampaire.

Joldeen Mirembe joined Girl Geek as a beginner two years ago. She was not sure that she had the ability to write code. Now, she helps lead the group and teaches classes herself. Ms. Mirembe says Africans are eager for technology.

"Everyone here is so hungry to get these things and understand them. They just need to be given the opportunity, especially the girls. They can be as good as anyone out there, given the opportunity," she said.

Ms. Ampaire believes that for Ugandan women to truly succeed in technologies, they need to create openings for themselves. She says no one else is going to do that.

文本来源于普特论坛[report整理] SENEWS-2014-05-26


东非是一个科技发展中心,该地区为各种移动设备飞速创建获奖的应用程序。最新创立起来的公司非常富有想象力,他们缺少的是女性员工。

乌干达的一个组织致力于保证女性不会在科技工业中落伍。
 
Christine Ampaire是一位23岁的乌干达电脑程序工程师。她说,在乌干达,女孩从小就被迫学习大家认为比较简单的科目。家长和老师通常认为数学和科学对女孩来说太难了。

“我不愿意说他们认为女孩都很笨,他们只是认为男生更适合困难的事,因为他们更加强大。他们普遍认为女孩纸身体较弱,可能精神上也不能处理这些困哪的事情。”她说到。

但Ampaire女士有更深见解。两年前,她与人创办了坎帕拉市女极客组织,该组织教给女性制作可盈利应用程序和网站所需的技能。他们还请来女性科技领袖给学生们演讲,并将她们作为商业成功的典范。Ampaire女士说,乌干达女性缺乏自信。

“在我们的课堂上,大多数女孩在做课堂作业和其他事情时,都很安静地坐到后排。我想也许如果我们有一种不评判的环境,大家都能安心地说,‘我要从零开始,’那就太好了。”

但是Ampaire女士还表示,乌干达的女性所需要的不仅仅是自信。

“我觉得,能力是建立自信的一部分,如果我能通过我自己写出所有的程序,那么我就会更有自信的说,我是一位科技女性。” Ampaire.说。

女极客课程全部免费,他们拥有由科技公司捐助的设备来举办。到目前为止,Ampaire估计,她们已经培训了150名左右的女性。类似的项目也在肯尼亚和南非创建。Ampaire说,过去很多年,过去几年在参加非洲各地的科技活动时她几乎认识所有与会的女性,但现在新面孔越来越多。

“这让我非常兴奋,我很喜欢,‘我们正在成长’性别失衡仍然很严重,但你可以看到一些不同,一切正在改变。”

两年前,Joldeen Mirembe作为初学者加入了女极客。她不确定自己又能力写代码。如今她帮助领导该组织,并自己带课。Ampaire女士说,非洲人渴望科技。
 
“这里的每一个人都是如此渴望学会这些东西。他们需要的只是被提供机会,特别是对女孩子来说。他们能和外面的人一样优秀,只要给他们机会。”她说到。

Ampaire女士相信,乌干达的女性若要在科技领域会取得成功,他们需要为自己创造机会。她说,没人会为你做这些。



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