FAWEZI joined the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT)’s Technology Transfer Licensing and Commercialization Center (TTLCC) department in a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career guidance event this morning. The event took place Highfields I High School and engaged ‘O’ and ‘A’ level learners from the Science department on possible career paths in STEM, especially those offered by HIT. The learners showed interest in hands-on STEM careers and also shared innovative ideas of their own that they wish to use to invent solutions to real life issues.
FAWEZI launched the ‘Women in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Forum’ on the 13th of February 2019 . The event was aimed at creating sustainability for FAWEZI STEM projects by mobilizing women in STEM to support and commit their time and or resources to promoting STEM for girls. The launch of the Forum was aligned to the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) which was run under the theme: “Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth”. This day was also a time for FAWEZI to reflect on its work in enhancing women and girl’s participation in STEM. FAWEZI therefore used this opportunity to showcase its experience in advocating for the increase of girls in STEM and also to garner more support and resources for the cause. The event was reported on by Pachikoro, and Spiked, whose article can be found here and here respectively.
Our work to promote the participation and performance of secondary school girls in Science, Mathematics and Technology, (SMT) FAWEZI is being funded by the Virginia Gilder Sleeve International Fund (VGIF). FAWEZI recently embarked on a two day workshop at its offices in Mount Pleasant. The workshop was attended by teacher representatives from the project schools which are Oriel Girls, Mabvuku High 1 and Domboramwari Secondary School, the Acting Provincial Education Director Harare Province and the Acting District Education Officer Epworth-Mabvuku- Tafara District.
The workshop was a training of trainers on the Gender-Responsive Pedagogy (GRP) model developed by FAWE, in 2005. The model seeks to empower teachers with knowledge on incorporating gender in the teaching and learning process in order to encourage participation of both girls and boys. The workshop was facilitated by the FAWEZI GRP trainers from Chinhoyi University of Technology and Belvedere Technical Teachers College. Members of the FAWEZI secretariat and the National Chairperson were in also attendance.
This is what the S.M.T Workshop participants had to say:
Otilia Mbirimi a Mathematics teacher at Oriel girls High had this to say “the workshop was empowering, I have a lot on how to attend to pupils based on gender related needs and challenges.”
“Before this training I was not aware of the need of gender responsiveness in the classroom I am now able to treat a pupil in line with the needs of the different sexes.”
Tamburirai Manyonganise a metal work teacher at Mabvuku said she has understood Gender Responsive Pedagogy and is ready to implement it.
“I have learnt how to encourage girls to take up technical subjects as much as boys do and I am now ready to take part in science math and technical projects at our school.” she said.
Pirayi Hungwe a mathematics teacher at Domboramwari Secondary said she is grateful to FAWEZI for the training.
“I have been trained to be able to implement gender responsiveness in the classroom especially to encourage girls to take up science, mathematics and technical subjects,” she said.