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One Million Girls In STEM Campaign

iWednesday, May 4th, 2016 comments by Busisiwe Keke

2016 marks the 10 year anniversary of the WomEng organisation which has played a vital role in the transformation of the perceptions that surround women who study and work in STEM fields. WomEng has motivated, supported, guided and mentored thousands of girls through the GirlEng initiative which has inspired the launch of the #1MillionGirlsInSTEM campaign.

The campaign is a celebration of all that the organisation has achieved and an acknowledgment that it still has a journey to travel to meet the Sustainable Development Goals by investing in girls education and creating gender equity, especially in the engineering and technology arena. The great gender divide in Africa along with the increasing opportunities in the engineering and technology field reinforces the need for a campaign in which more women are encouraged to participate in the African boom whilst changing the status quo.

WomEng, through the #1MillionGirlsInSTEM campaign, commits to reach 1 million girls through STEM education and awareness initiatives in at least 10 different geographies, in the next 10 years. This will be achieved through strategic global partnerships and by scaling the current programming, at all levels, across the continent, and beyond.

The main objective of the #1MillionGirlsInSTEM campaign is to increase the number of girls entering the engineering and technology industry. This will be achieved through leveraging on current programs and curriculum provided by WomEng and scaling them to new geographies over time. Simultaneously, online platform capabilities will be further developed in order to have a greater reach and wider impact.

Of the current programs available at WomEng, GirlEng is one of most prolific as is has been developed over several years and provides a robust curriculum which includes:

  • Showcasing various types of careers within engineering

  • Building mini engineering projects

  • Signature pink hardhat personal development challenge

  • Motivational journeys of young women through story telling

  • Mentee readiness training and mentorship facilitation

The curriculum provides a mix for personal development as well as STEM awareness and mentorship. The aim is to have these run in multiple countries and regions per year, with an annual reach of 10 000 girls per year in each region. The girls on the program will also be registered on the WomEng monitoring and evaluation portal to track their progress and journey.

The implementation of the #1MillionGirlsInSTEM campaign will be global with a key focus on Africa. WomEng currently operates in South and Kenya with future plans to launch programs in launch programs in Nigeria, Mauritius, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana and special regional programing in the Middle East and Turkey.

Apart from launching further in Africa, WomEng has identified New York, Paris and Kuwait as potential locations in which partners and potential partners could run ad-hoc programs.

The #1MillionGirlsInSTEM campaign aims to reach 1 million girls, in 10 geographies over 10 years in order to educate them about STEM careers. This will ensure that high school girls are well-informed about pursuing a degree in a STEM field which will have the potential to reduce the 66% global engineering drop-out rate.

If you think you have the passion to get involved in the #1MillionGirlsInSTEM campaign or would like know how to partner with WomEng please explore the website to find out more! Together we can change the face of STEM one step at a time!

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Written by:

Minaz Munshi

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