FAWEZI is running a ‘STEM for girls through Innovative Competitions project’ which will run from May to August 2017 in the Epworth Mabvuku-Tafara-District.
It is being run by The Forum for African Women Educationalist (FAWE).
The aim of this project is to create a platform for female students to test their creative, technological and innovative minds through the selective Gender responsive projects in STEM. This involves researched initiatives developed into projects that are presented for competition at the school, national and finally at the Regional level.
As an affiliate of FAWE in Nairobi which developed a (STEM) project with the aim of increasing the participation and performance of girls in STEM across Africa, FAWEZI seeks to advance the participation of Zimbabwean girls in STEM.
The STEM model incorporates activities such as; organizing science days and remedial classes for students, conducting STEM student camps, training teachers with skills to develop gender responsive teaching, encouraging teachers to use locally available teaching and learning materials, building capacities of teachers to use ICT in the teaching and learning process, starting School level STEM related projects, STEM competitions and exposing students to policy makers, exposing girls to telecommunications market leaders and female scientists as role models and mentors.
The competition will initially be conducted at school level were the overall two best innovations will be selected to compete at National level.
At the national level the best overall 2 performing projects will be selected to present the respective innovative and creative ideasas well as compete against each other at a Regional level in Lusaka, Zambia and also get an opportunity to showcase in Nairobi, Kenya at a 1 day regional conference during the FAWE Girls Education Conference and General Assembly slated for August 2017.
FAWEZI will be working with pupils and staff and pupils from selected schools in the district.
Communication has already been done with Mabvuku, Domboramwari, Epworth, Tafara 1 High Schools.