Issued by: Bolt
Johannesburg, 09 March 2023 – A recent study by The World Bank stated that women account for less than a third of the world’s workforce in technology-related fields. Women hold 28% of all jobs in computer and mathematical occupations and 15.9% in engineering and architecture occupations.
To play a part in solving this problem, Bolt, the leading mobility app in Africa, is proud to announce its recent partnership with Chelo App. This South African-based crowdfunding organisation that seeks funding for underprivileged schools in South Africa. Through this partnership, Bolt funded and developed the Motse Maria Girls High School e-learning project, which included tech equipment for their technology labs. The donation to the school will ensure that there are interactive screens for the young minds to explore the world of information that exists on the internet, and science lab renovation to perform experiments.
This announcement comes after the company recently shared that it would invest in Africa. As the world celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD), this ties in with Bolt’s long-term commitment to creating opportunities that support women, which has already begun through their #DriveForWomenInTech Internship programme in Africa, which was launched in March 2021.
Takura Malaba, Bolt, Regional Manager – East and Southern Africa, said: “As a technology company, we believe in empowering young people, especially women, to open them up to the possibilities in the tech space. We are excited to make a difference in our communities as part of our commitment to investing in the African continent. While our vision has always been to support the creation and building of cities for people, and not cars, we see this extending even further to contribute to local communities by bringing technology to them to improve their lives.”
As an inclusive mobility company, Bolt acknowledges its responsibility to empower the youth with much-needed knowledge and tools to expand their career paths. One of the company’s efforts is to support young women in South Africa and across Africa who may be interested in the technology sector.
Makgabo Ledwaba, Principal of Motse Maria Girls High School, We are humbled by Bolt’s and Chelo’s humility to choose our school to receive assistance in revamping our science centre. As a Girls’ school, we are passionate about empowering our future female leaders and we believe this will encourage them to seek opportunities in the tech field.
Bolt sees a future where women are given the same opportunities as their male counterparts and walks the talk to ensure it becomes a reality. In 2021, Bolt introduced a new service that allowed female riders to choose a female driver for their journey. The category increased safety for drivers and riders in South Africa. In addition, it allowed women to explore new earnings opportunities.
Maker Khalo, Chelo App, Founder says “We are thrilled to have partnered with Bolt to be able to equip young learners with e-learning facilities and renovate their science lab to amplify learning in their education space. With this collaboration, we hope to encourage other sponsors, and benefactors to join in on the movement, to brighten the path for our future leaders.”
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