28 May 2016

Tanzania: Girl Guides, Techchix Prop Up Science Among Female Students

The Tanzania Girl Guides Association in conjunction with the newly established 'TechChix Tanzania' have hatched special program aimed at inculcating science interest among female students in local secondary schools.

According to the Director of TechChix Tanzania Ms Rebeca Ryakitimbo, they intend to organize a meeting of female students from a total of 70 secondary schools from Tanga, Arusha, Manyara, Singida and Kilimanjaro regions who will be gathering at the Nelson Mandela Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in June

"The gathering is aimed at sensitizing girl students to undertake science subjects and also encouraging those taking them not to drop out of the science stream", she said.

Many of the girls in the country tend to steer away from science subjects upon reaching Form Three level.

Ms Ryakitimbo added that during the meeting, a number of female speakers who succeeded in science and engineering careers will share their life experiences.

The TechChix Director was speaking during the recently held 'Day of Stem Mentoring. ' STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The mentoring sessions were held at the Arusha Secondary School and attracted over 200 female students from eight schools in Arusha City.

Mwalimu Monica Kwayu, who owns the Peace Academy School and previously taught Chemistry at Arusha Secondary, was the facilitator during the STEM training day and used the occasion to enlighten the girls on the importance of science subjects in modern days.

The students in attendance were drawn from eight secondary schools among them, Saint Jude, Notredame, Renee, Meru, Peace Academy and the host Arusha Secondary School. The Training Commissioner for Tanzania Girl Guides, Mrs Patricia Mbuya said the forthcoming meeting at NM-AIST will give priority to institutions that have Girl Guide groups.

"Female students who are members of Girl Guide associations happen to be more confident, understanding and can easily be taught, unlike those who are outside the group," said Mrs Mbuya, adding that despite that, they anticipate huge turnout of participants.

Established in 2016, TechChix which stands for Technology ladies is a non-profit organization that seek to provide STEM awareness to tomorrow's leaders who are the young girls of today by teaching them STEM related programs. Being an NGO run by females in technology field it also seeks to inspire not only young ladies to join fields in STEM but also to pursue careers related to it so as to bridge the gap between the two opposite sexes in technology.


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