I vividly remember my early days when I used to spend plenty of my time with new and old gadgets. I loved to know about the technology embedded in it, and how exactly it is built.
I have a keen interest in the field of information technology since my early childhood. When I was in grade 8, I was introduced to the beginning phase of programming, namely QBasic. After this, I started coding for QBasic and as my academic standard was increasing gradually I was further introduced to newer programming languages. These all my fundamental bases helped me to decide what next in my upcoming future.
Being a student of CSIT, I want to be more focused on making myself strong as a Tech person. Each and every person has their own destiny in their life. In the same way, I too have set my own destiny to be a successful person in the field of Information Technology. I have acquired skills in various web technologies and I am currently increasing my skills on Mobile Platform. Though I have competitive skill on Web Designing, my goal in life is to work as a Quality Control or System Engineer. To achieve this goal, I definitely have to give 100% of my effort so that my goal will be what I planned for.
When remembering the earlier time, workplaces used to be filled with males only. This situation hasn’t changed much and it is still the same in Nepal. There is a huge gender gap in Nepal, especially in the case of Information and Communications Technology. So, I took a step by myself towards this.
There are lots of reasons behind why girls are lagging behind in this field. Some of them are listed below:
1. Girls’ perceptions of Computer Science may be holding them back
- 90% of girls want to go into careers that help people. They may not think of computer science as a field that helps people, instead think of more traditional female gender roles such as a teacher, nurse, doctor, etc.
- Girls think that a computer scientist is a geeky guy who likes to be alone at a computer or gaming console.
- Girls don’t feel they fit in the computer science environment/classroom
2. Girls’ perceptions of their own abilities:
- Girls feel people are born with fixed abilities, especially in math. They often give up instead of working through difficulties.
- Girls often perceive that some are more knowledgeable than the girls.
- Narrow mind of women for themselves
- Traditional concept i.e. girls are not for IT
3. Lack of support from family
There are many misconceptions regarding girls in the society, communities and in many other places, but nowadays with developing technology somehow the misconception is removing. And teenage girls now use computers and the Internet at rates similar to boys, but they are five times less likely to consider a technology-related career.
Girls in the remote places barely have access to the computer. So, the thought of having such a career is not even an option for them. But teenage girls of the cities who are in their schools or high schools are busy with internet all day and night. It may be some social networking site or maybe for movies or songs. But when it comes to choosing it as a career, a distinct minority will opt for it.
And establishing Butwal Coder Girls in such place where the girls themselves keep them back was a very challenging thing. Even months after establishment of the group, we are unable to describe the main purpose of establishing Butwal Coder Girls, not just to other students, but it’s equally difficult to make understand to our group members too. Students in the last year of Bachelors degree even don’t have their purpose of studying IT subjects. What they just need is mentoring and counseling; and we can be the one to provide them all these through various programs related to Information Technology.
The course which we study in our curriculum is not sufficient for our career. It is only for the sake of studying the degree, and getting a certificate. Butwal Coder Girls can be a platform for those students who have courage for developing their leadership, and a willingness to learn and share their knowledge. We are trying our best to provide skills and knowledge by organizing various training, workshops, seminars, programs, events and much more which does not only develop their knowledge but also help to develop their personality for the future career.
By Sabita Neupane
The writer is the President of Butwal Coder Girls, and IT manager at CSIT Association of Butwal Multiple Campus. She is currently pursuing (BSC. CSIT) 7th Semester at Butwal Multiple Campus.
Glocal Khabar will be regularly featuring blog posts from Butwal Coder Girls about their IT experience and passion in the field.