Girl child urged to embrace STEM

By Lavender Chandisareva

GOVERNMENT says it is no longer pursuing a blanket approach in promoting the uptake of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, after a decision to streamline the programme for the benefit of the girl child.

The Africa Science Week has given stakeholders an opportunity to shift focus in their implementation of the STEM programme after noting a low uptake among girls.

Officially opening the Science Week at the Harare Institute of Technology in Harare this Wednesday, the Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Honourable Raymore Machingura noted that Vision 2030 requires all Zimbabweans including the girl child to partake in STEM and innovation.

“We must bring self-confidence to girl students in STEM subjects and also teachers, government therefore implemented various colleges to train Science subjects to improve the stem,” said Hon Machingura.

For the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Ms Tumusang Thabela, there is everything to benefit for the girl child.

“The Science week is a week of popularising the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), making our curriculum speak that Sciences are not difficult to manage for the girl child,” said Ms Thabela.

There are also calls for collaboration between the country’s two education ministries in the promotion on STEM.

“This Africa Science Week bridges the gap between the Primary and Secondary Education and Tertiary Education with two ministries excited about this day,” said Ms Sicelo Dube Founder Elevate Trust.

The Africa Science Week is an annual event meant to encourage innovation as a stepping stone towards sustainable development on the continent.