Nairobi. 08 September 2022

JENGA School is pleased to announce a partnership with the Tom and Paige Fund For Good Foundation, the family foundation of Tom Keiser, CEO of Hootsuite and his wife Paige Delacey. The foundation has provided a grant that will allow 10 talented candidates to attend JENGA School’s highly coveted 12-month Software Engineering Professional Accelerator Program (SEPA) course. The scholarship program named Tom-Paige Keiser Fellowship will provide career advancement opportunities to 10  talented Africans. 

“I am inspired by the work JENGA School is doing to bridge the tech talent gap that exists in Africa, so it is absolutely my honour to support their goal to empower and produce 50,000 women STEM professionals by 2030. I am confident they will be the leaders to fuel the economic engine that will drive the tech ecosystem forward within their countries.” says Tom

‘’We are very intentional in empowering women to pursue careers in Tech. We aim to ensure more opportunities for women are generated and more leadership roles made available for them.’’ says Wendy Oluoch, CEO, JENGA School.

About SEPA

SEPA is an innovative Software Engineering training designed by some of the brightest minds in Industry and Academia to bridge the gap between the Computer Science curriculum and what the industry expects. The entire program lasts one year and is divided into 3 phases: 6 months, 2 months and 4 months. At the end of one year,  students are transformed into highly skilled and competent full-stack software engineers. 

The first phase of the SEPA program is a thorough project-based learning called sprints. This is meant to reinforce, practice, computer science concepts learnt at the universities. The sprints are followed by a 2 months project. This is a collaborative project aimed at teaching students teamwork and working together to build a product which is the reality of the software world.   In this part, students will build a fully-fledged software product. They have to carry out requirements analysis, design, and implement software to solve a practical problem. The final phase is industry attachment. Students are attached to top vetted companies and participate in engineering departments while at the same time gaining mentorship from some of the best technical minds in the industry. 

About the scholarship 

As part of our vision to train over 100,000 Tech innovation leaders in Africa, this is geared towards realizing this goal. It is a highly competitive scholarship with an acceptance rate of less than 10%. The Eligibility criteria for one to be considered for this scholarship is to be a Computer Science 4th-year student or recently graduated or an equivalent. 

Women are highly encouraged to apply. 

Applications are now open and can be accessed using this link https://bit.ly/SEPASCHOLARSHIP. The form will assess your motivations to join the SEPA program. It should take about 30 minutes to complete. You will also need to upload a copy of your CV. The deadline for applications is the 15th of September 2022. 

Selected candidates will be notified by 16th September 2022 on the next step in the application process. 

About JENGA School

JENGA School is a STEM professional skills development institution on a mission to unleash Africa’s genius to help solve global problems. The school currently offers a software development program with a parallel Data Science & AI course. 

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