As you know, too many girls and women are held back by biases, social norms, and expectations that influence the quality of the education they receive and the subjects they study. They are particularly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and consequently in STEM careers. And, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO “Even though women make half of the population, only 35% of STEM students in higher education globally are women, while the female representation in STEM careers is less than 30%”
Our project is called STEM Girls Campaign, an initiative that seeks to advance gender equality in girls’ STEM education, and engage girls to develop interest and be at the forefront of STEM education. The STEM Girls school Club is a study group for girls and it aims to improve girls’ academic performance/ grades in STEM subjects and increased their enrolment in STEM majors in the Tertiary institutions as well as empower them in the choice of career in the fields of science and technology.
The rationale for the STEM Girls School Club-Campaign:
The project core target is to help girls overcome the fear of science subjects, end girls school dropout, child marriage, girl child labor, and teenage pregnancy by improving girls’ academic performance/ grades in STEM subjects as many girls find it difficult to pass science subjects at one sitting during the final entrance examinations and spend more time and money on re-sitting Sciences and mathematics subjects’ examinations at very high costs. Some girls’ student has confessed sitting for the same sciences and mathematic papers for more than five times without success. A lot of girls have dropped out of school because of their inabilities to tackle mathematics and science subjects since these subjects are the main criteria for entering any tertiary institution in Nigeria. Once they are fed up with continuous re-sitting they are discouraged and go into early marriage, child labor, drug abuse, prostitution, among others.
Increased girls’ enrolment in STEM majors and helped girls develop Interest in STEM careers
Improved academic performance/grades in STEM subjects
improved girls’ Understanding of STEM Career Pathways
How will the donation be used:
The fund will cover purchases of public address system, projector, flip chat equipment, markers, one laptop, and transportation cost for the School Club Team and continuous production of materials- Customize STEM Girls T-shirt, Brochures, Infographics for distribution to our STEM Girls School Club that is now emerging from the various schools in Nigeria. The fund will also help in the purchase of gift items for presentation in our Quarterly STEM Girls Summit in Nigeria.
To learn more about our STEM Girls Initiative, kindly visit our online store www.agenetworkstore.com to participate in our STEM Girls Ambassador Campaign