Regina Agyare

Ashoka Fellow
Accra, Ghana
Fellow Since 2014

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This profile was prepared when Regina Agyare was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2014.
The New Idea
Working directly with community leaders, universities, media, and government officials, Regina is activating teams to bring ICT training and curricula for girls into low-income and rural communities. By exposing them to role models and introducing a creative coding curriculum that is specifically catered to girls, Regina is building a new generation of girls that have the skills, mind-set, and desire to have careers and opportunities in the ICT field. By teaching them to code, she opens up pathways for them to lead and innovate.
In so doing, she is changing the mentality that a woman’s greatest success is as a wife or mother. By introducing new opportunities to girls, she is breaking the cycle of poverty and tradition and creating jobs in new fields for marginalized girls in Ghana. Thus, allowing them to break out of paths that have been set for them, and change from consumers and users to creators and developers.
Using a model that requires little operations, she is activating different groups and finding leaders that want to open up ICT opportunities for girls, designing a program that builds strategic partners to run the program in individual communities. With a model where she is positioned as an activator, Regina has already replicated her program in communities in three different cities in Ghana and has plans to replicate throughout West Africa.
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