FAWEU Launches the STEM Project among girls in Uganda

The Commissioner of MoES (Centre) with other participants at the launch of the STEM Project

The Forum for African Women Educationalists Uganda (FAWEU) in partnership with the Forum for African Women Educationalists Regional Secretariat (FAWE RS) has officially launched a three year Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) project. The three-year project shall be implemented in 40 selected secondary schools across the Central, Western, Northern and Eastern regions of Uganda. This project is made possible with funding from Dubai Cares, a charity organization working to improve access to quality education in developing countries.

The project seeks to improve and increase participation and performance of girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects at Secondary school level. It also seeks to strengthen the capacity of participating schools to promote STEM amongst girls, ultimately increasing their ability to transform their communities and regions at large.

The project objectives are:

To improve participation and performance of girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects at secondary school level;
To enhance capacity of key stakeholders at school level in promoting STEM amongst girls;
To develop and implement innovative, interesting and girl–friendly approaches to the learning of STEM subjects;
To ensure effective and efficient monitoring, evaluation and learning for improved knowledge, skills and practices that support teaching and learning of STEM by both girls and boys; and,
To document and share project lessons, processes and best practices for replication and up scaling.
Over the three years (2017–2019) of implementation, the project will directly benefit 6,000 teenage girls aged 14-18, with 150 girls per school drawn from the 40 selected secondary schools. FAWE has previously gained a wealth of experience in successfully implementing ICT and STEM projects through National Chapters such as FAWE chapter in Uganda and across sub-Saharan Africa.

In order to scale up the project, FAWEU will work with secondary schools where the Secondary Science and Mathematics Teachers (SESEMAT) projects by the Ministry of Education and Sports has been implemented and lessons drawn from these projects will be beneficial as FAWEU delivers to the targeted beneficiaries.

Under the STEM project, tutors who will be trained in Gender Responsive Pedagogy will in turn provide mentoring and career guidance support to the secondary school students. Other direct beneficiaries will include 400 STEM teachers, with 10 teachers per school drawn from the selected schools who will be trained in Gender Responsive Pedagogy in addition to the 40 head teachers from the targeted schools.

 

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