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“For me, internet shutdown was devastating” Sophie Ngassa, a STEM advocate and a tech instructor for girls ages 10 to 18, teaches girls hands-on digital skills at the Center for Youth Education and Economic Development (CYEED).

“My goal is to share my passion for STEM and to inspire them early on with the help of mentors, so they will stay engaged throughout their school year and their lives” she adds. In Cameroon, less than 30 percent of students in STEM programs are girls. Her dream is to narrow the gender tech divide, so Cameroonian women can have equal access to the economic opportunities STEM careers can provide. Read more