ImpactHER and The African Union CIEFFA Collaborate to Fully Fund 7,543 Women and Girls in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), Financial Literacy, and Entrepreneurship.

September 06 22:25 2023
On 4th September 2023, the African Union CIEFFA and ImpactHER announced their second cohort for the Online Capacity Building Training, an initiative to empower 7,543 women and girls in STEAM, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship. With a program theme emphasizing “Digital Skills for All,” this collaboration aims to bridge gender disparities in these sectors, offering participants skills training, network access, and potential professional advancements.

ImpactHER and The African Union CIEFFA Collaborate to Fully Fund 7,543 Women and Girls in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), Financial Literacy, and Entrepreneurship.

4th September 2023, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: The African Union CIEFFA and ImpactHER are thrilled to commence the second cohort of their Online Capacity Building Training today. Following a successful inaugural cohort in July 2023, the program received 35,902 applications, for the program themed “Digital Skills for All: Bridging the Gender Gap in STEAM, Financial Literacy, and Entrepreneurship.” Upon careful review, 7,543 candidates were selected. Intended to upskill women, girls, and youths with STEAM, digital and financial literacy, and entrepreneurial skills, the program highlights gender-responsive education’s significance, recognizing the challenges young women encounter in these sectors. This collaboration underscores the commitment to gender-inclusive education across Africa and will be delivered in French, English, and Portuguese.

Efe Ukala, ImpactHER’s Founder, remarked at the launch, “Education is empowerment’s foundation. Together with the AU CIEFFA, we are trailblazing towards gender parity in education and business. Enhancing digital prowess and financial acumen lays the groundwork for consistent economic growth and a sustainable future.”

The program, spanning over three consecutive months beginning September, promises an immersive, interactive learning experience. Participants can anticipate acquiring pivotal digital, entrepreneurial, and financial skills. They will be awarded certificates upon program completion.

Further, attendees will access the expansive networks of both collaborating organizations, offering potential collaborations, mentorships, and professional advancements. Additionally, their participation augments their chances of being chosen for full-fledged activities sponsored by the African Union CIEFFA.

This transformative program is financially sponsored by ImpactHER, ensuring cost-free access for participants. Prioritizing top-notch education, the curriculum is tailored for diverse learning preferences and backgrounds.

About ImpactHER:

ImpactHER is an impact-driven organization that focuses on bridging the $42 billion financing gap for women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. ImpactHER has directly trained and supported over 76,000 African women entrepreneurs, on a pro bono basis, in 53 African countries. ImpactHER helps African women business owners access institutional capital, scale their businesses, tackle operational challenges, access new markets through technology, and become investor-ready providing them with the digital skills they need to succeed.


AU/CIEFFA is a specialized institution of the African Union since 2004, dealing with women and girls’ education following Decision Assembly/AU/DEC.44 (III). The Centre is located in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

AU/CIEFFA has been established under the Department of Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation at the African Union Commission to coordinate the promotion of girls’ and women’s education in Africa, with a view to achieving economic, social, and cultural empowerment. The Centre works closely with African Union member States and government, civil society, and international partners to implement its programs and activities and maintains specific working relationships with UNESCO to ensure a strong partnership in the implementation of its programs.

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