A Foundation, Working to Advance STEM Education for African Girls (WAAW),
is advocating for the education of women in the core areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Ms. Loveth Obi, the Head, Abuja branch of the Foundation, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday that the advocacy became imperative because of the dearth of women in these core areas.
According to her, women currently work twice as much as the men just to get recognised.
“We need to be heard; we need to be given the opportunity to prove ourselves. The country should give women the opportunity to show what they can do.
“We need to be represented at higher levels of government; that is the only way to protect the female gender.
“When we are not represented at the government level, we won’t be able to participate in decision-making.
“We need women who will speak for us and when that is done, girls can start to pick interest in areas hitherto considered as men’s domain.”
She attributed the dearth of women in science education to ignorance hinged on the erroneous belief that STEM courses were difficult.
She, therefore, stressed the need for awareness and sensitisation to encourage them and by so doing, reverse the trend.
Obi said that the foundation was putting measures in place to commence basic science education for female students in schools within FCT suburbs.
The foundation, she said, had given scholarships to over 20, 000 girls across Africa to encourage them to engage in STEM courses.
“We are looking at going to the suburbs once a month where we can introduce secondary school students to basic science courses.
According to her, the foundation currently organises mentorship programmes, STEM teachers training and STEM camps to encourage young girls.
She added that most of the courses organised at the secondary school level were offline, adding that any class could be part of the training. (NAN)