By Peter Chivhima
GOVERNMENT says empowering women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is key in unlocking the country’s economy.
As the world adopts new technologies including drones, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine-learning into everyday life, there is an urgent need to create authentic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education opportunities for women and girl the child.
Government, working with various stakeholders in the education sector, has made significant strides in capacitating women and the girl child from vulnerable communities through the STEM initiative.
Kwayedza High School pupils in Highfield, Harare, are excited about the life-changing STEM initiative, expressing gratitude to government and its partners.
“We want thank the government of Zimbabwe for supporting the STEM and also the help we are getting from the Selina Trust. We are encouraging other girls to take up science subjects,” a STEM beneficiary said.
Non-governmental organisation, Selina STEM Trust, seeks to empower girls from marginalised communities.
“We have seen that investing in girl child and women who into STEM is key in unlocking barriers associated or challenges faced by a girl child” said Paida, a Selina STEM Trust representative.
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister, Professor Paul Mavima noted the importance of STEM subjects in unlocking the country’s economy while encouraging other diasporans to invest in the girl child.
“As government we recognize STEM as a life-changing initiative, so I think investing in women and girls in STEM is a good opportunity for the nation in unlocking our economy,” he noted.
Government is also convinced that women have immense untapped potential to contribute on an equal footing with men to the growing of science, technology, engineering and mathematics sectors.