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Friday 18 October 2019

'I want to start my own company so others can work with technology'

Haregewoin Ababu
Haregewoin Ababu

Haregewoin Ababu was 11 when Camara Education introduced computers to her school, Yekatit 12, in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

It was one of the earlier Camara Education projects in the country and it was not only the first time Haregewoin had use of a computer in the classroom, but the first time she had the opportunity to use one at all.

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It has had a profound impact on her education, and her life's ambitions.

Apart from the benefits that the use of technology in education brings to teaching and learning, Haregewoin (right) found a natural passion for computing and her teachers inspired her to pursue her interest in programming.

She went on to win multiple recognitions, among them a scholarship to attend a university for nine months to study coding.

Now aged 19, Haregewoin is half way through her first year in Bahir Dar University near Addis Ababa, where she is studying computer engineering.

"Technology has made a very big change in my education. It allowed me to prepare for my school tests and improve my academic performance, which has helped me a lot," she said.

"I now want to start my own company to give others a chance to work with technology, especially women and girls."

Irish Independent

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