Forum for African Women Educationalists - Uganda Chapter (FAWEU)

"20 Years of Enhancing Girls' and Women's Education for Development" FAWE Uganda 1997-2017


Forum for African Women’s Educationalists Uganda Chapter (FAWE Uganda) in partnership with Dubai Cares and the Forum for African Women’s Educationalists Regional Secretariat (FAWE RS) held 5 day Annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) mentoring camp from 30th November – 5th December, 2017 at Wanyange Girls School in Jinja district. The camp is aimed at stimulating girls’ interest in sciences and uptake of STEM subjects through having inspirational talks, information and experience sharing by role model-female scientists who have excelled in science careers, professional mentors, teachers and fellow learners.

The science mentoring camp is also aimed at improving students’ practical skills, encourage creativity and innovation; create a platform for learners to contribute and share ideas and innovations to demonstrate their ability to create and discover new knowledge; uncover the talent of students in research, invention and innovation; equip students with life skills and empower girls to stay in school, take-up sciences and complete their education cycle and  creating an opportunity where students can interface with the science female role models freely to inspire them. The Focal Point Teachers  also had the opportunity to lay out strategies on project implementation and share best practices and lessons learned from the past implementation period.

Ms. Ida Percy Mutesasira, the Ag. Executive Director of FAWE Uganda said, “The Annual Science Camp focuses on interesting girls to-do sciences, improving their participation and performance in science subjects. For long there has been a misconception that sciences are hard and are for boys only, as a result many girls abandoned them and to date it’s a discipline dominated by males. This is very wrong,, just like boys-girls can too perform well or even better in sciences. Both boys and girls are equal and are endowed with full potential to do anything including science subjects and courses.”

She added that, “The mentoring camp provides an opportunity to impart on girls life skills such as self awareness, assertiveness, managing peer relationships, creative thinking, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making. This will help build the confidence and self-esteem of both young women and men to overcome challenges inhibiting their success.

Ms. Sarah Mulungi, the STEM Program Officer at FAWE Uganda said, “The Annual Science Camp provides an opportunity to meet and reflect on the progress achieved in the implementation of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics project. It brings together all the 40 implementing partners comprising of secondary schools, teachers and learners to share experiences from individual schools, challenges faced in teaching sciences, those affecting learners and how they can be addressed. Students are also learning from each other and this raises their self esteem to successfully pursue science subjects and excel.”

The science mentoring camp was attended by a total of 190 participants (150 students & 40 Focal point teachers) representing the 40 partner  secondary schools from the 39 districts of Uganda including; Masaka,  Kalungu, Wakiso, Kampala, Mityana, Mpigi, Kamuli, Manafwa, Iganga, Kapchorwa, Jinja, Soroti, Tororo, Busia, Bukwo, Buyende, Mayuge, Bushenyi,  Rukungiri,  Masindi,  Kabale,  Hoima,  Kasese, Kabarole, Bundibugyo, Ntoroko, Bulisa, Pader, Kitgum, Apac, Lira, Amuru, Abim, Napak, Moroto, Zombo,  Arua, Kaabong and Moyo.

To keep participants fit both physically and mentally, the annual science mentoring camp also featured a number of co-curricular activities including; the science debate competition, music dance and drama performances, sports competitions like football and netball, jogging and indoor games like ludo, scrabble and chase. In the night the participants retreated to telling stories and singing around the camp fire.

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