This tech entrepreneur beat the odds and now she’s on a mission to bring tech skills to refugees.
Mariéme Jamme, who received no education until she was 16, is now a technology entrepreneur with a mission to train young women.Technology expert Mariéme Jamme bends over a computer screen to guide a student at a training centre in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp. She knows just how important help can be for these youngsters.
Mariéme is one of 16 World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders (YGLs) on a visit to Kakuma, and the Kalobeyei settlement in north-western Kenya, to meet refugees and host communities.
The YGLs were divided into seven groups according to their expertise and interest. Mariéme was part of the education team.
“I chose this group so that I can encourage young people to focus on education,” she says. “Education opens doors and a whole new world to people.”
Kakuma and its neighbouring town have a combined population of nearly 250,000, refugees and local people.
Mariéme Jamme, a World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader, guides computer students in Kakuma camp. © UNHCR/Rose Ogola