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.
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.