By Jayani Pandit and Saanvi Thapa
The ‘Project Digital She’ took place on June 16th till 20 June 2022 at the Executive Hall of Premier International IB Continuum School. This project was established to increase IT expertise among women, not just in Premier but also in Nepal itself. Mr. Rishav Raj, a research and development assistant of the Robotics Association of Nepal (RAN), was the program’s host at the event which lasted for five days.
The event was for plus two (+2) graduates, engineering students, and Information and Technology (IT) students. The knowledge shared by the organizers at the event was to enable participants kick-start their career in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Robotics Association of Nepal seeks to bring gender equality in ICT which is lacking in Nepal. Due to the slow industrial development, low economic status, which also affected the sector, the association intends to offer a platform where women are largely included in the field of ICT.
According to the program host Rishav Raj, because of the less participation of women in this field, they thought of increasing the presence of women by organizing programs like this to encourage and increase their inclusiveness. For this reason, Robotics Association of Nepal (RAN) conducted the program ‘Project Digital She’ as the society to believes that men are more capable in this sector, Robotics Association of Nepal (RAN) believes that girls can succeed in the sector of IT engineering, girls who work or have interest in the sector of ICT industry are the primary focus of this effort. In the five days the students did activities like, campaigning with route drones, 3D printing, and other robotic activities. As a result, they set up various robotics programs in various high schools and institutions.
The ‘Project Digital She’ five-day long program which was meant for female participants only was an educative and productive session meant to increase the presence of women in the field. It also provided a platform where participants further learnt various things like route drones making, 3D printers, hardware programming and robotics. This program was a great opportunity for girls in Nepal. Although future programs would not be held in Premier, the Project will make its appearance in different schools and colleges to spread the importance of female inclusiveness in the field of ICT.