Moringa School has launched a women’s bootcamp program in November 2017 with a 50% subsidy to help it graduate over 100 women and test the effectiveness of coding bootcamps on women’s outcomes.
Dubbed Moringa Prep, the bootcamps are targeted at students who want access to world-class coding content.
According to Audrey Cheng, Moringa CEO, “We’ve been testing and iterating our content and education model for the last 3 years and are excited to push more for diversity so that more women can access our high quality education and outcomes program.”
On one hand the subsidy is a great initiative as it will encourage more women into STEM, on the other hand, Moringa is likely under a lot of pressure from poster child Andela which is also targeting the same crop of young STEM talent. Andela just completed a round of funding to further its pan-African expansion.
The future of Moringa lies in its innovativeness, readiness to embrace learning or pivot or cautiously expand its course offerings. The firm has hugely focused on its brilliant Nairobi Tech Week event to help it acquire more users and to foot some domestic bills. However, like a power shift, Moringa School’s touch of class is no longer magnetic and Andela is rising to the occasion.
“Supporting gender diversity and inclusion starts with bringing in more female voices into the room,” said Savannah Kunovsky, Moringa’s CTO. “And to do that, we need to train more women to have skills in traditionally male-dominated industries.”