Unlocking the Potential of Girls in SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING and MATHEMATICS

    The mentors and role models in the UNESCO/Gok STEM programme are professional women scientists and engineers, many of them lecturers in the universities. Others include professional women scientists from the private sector such as Safaricom, Women In Aviation – Kenya Chapter and research institutions. Among the mentors are women Principal Secretaries in the Ministry of Education as well as in the Marine Affairs and Transport sector.

    Dr. Faith Njoki Karanja

    Faith is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geospatial and Space Technology, School of Engineering, University of Nairobi, with a PhD in Geo-information from the University of Hannover, Germany, a Master’s Degree in Surveying and Photogrammetry,Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science and a BSc. in Surveying and Photogrammetry all from University of Nairobi.

    Dr. Cecilia Moraa Onyango

    Cecilia is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, University of Nairobi. Cecilia has a PhD in Horticulture-Crop physiology from Wageningen University in Netherlands, an MSc.in Horticulture and BSc. In Agriculture, both from the University of Nairobi.

    Ms. Pamela Awuor-Osongo

    Pamela holds an MSc in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Tshwane University of Technology in South Africa and F’SATI-ESIEE Paris–France; and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Moi University. Pamela teaches Digital Electronics, Telecommunications Systems, Neural Networks (Artificial Intelligent) and Satellite Systems at Moi University.

    Ms. Amelia Anyango Omollo

    Amelia has an Aeronautical Engineering Degree from Moscow State Technical University of Civil Aviation and an MBA from the University of Nairobi. She is the Project Manager for Boeing 777 &767 at Kenya Airways. Prior to joining Kenya Airways, she was in the military where she learnt the art of perseverance, tolerance and survival among other skills.

    Dr. Bathsheba Kerubo Menge

    Bathsheba is a lecturer at the Technical University of Mombasa and Chairperson of Mathematics and Physics Departme. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics from Kenyatta University and a Doctorate degree in Applied Mathematics (Computational Fluid Dynamics). Bathsheba is an Academic Advisor to Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science Students.

    Mrs. Nancy W. Karigithu

    Nancy Karigithu holds a Master’s Degree in International Maritime Law from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) International Maritime Law Institute in Malta and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Nairobi. Nancy was formerly the Director- General of the Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) and Chairman of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Technical Cooperation Committee. She serves on the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden. Nancy is the Principal Secretary for Maritime Commerce.

    Mr. Kommen Chepkonga

    Komen is a Science Secretary and International Nuclear Information Systems (INIS) Liaison Officer and ICT Systems Administrator at the National Commission for Science. Komen holds a Master of Science Engineering Degree in Food Science and Technology and a Bachelor of Science Engineering Degree in Baking Science and Industry, both from Wuxi University of Light Industry in China. He has a Diploma in Science Education from the University of Eldoret.

    Dr. Dorothy A. Amwata

    Dorothy has a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Science Degrees in Rangeland Resource Management from the University of Nairobi. She is a Lecturer and Chairman of the Department of Range and Wildlife Sciences, School of Agriculture and Veterinary Science at South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU).

    Ms. Loice Kimani

    Loice is a Principal Education Officer in the Department of Policy and East African Community, Ministry of Education. She is a holder of a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum Development from Egerton University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Management from KEMI. Loice is the Ministry of Education’s focal point for the UNESCO/GoK STEM programme and is responsible for coordinating all STEM activities at the Ministry.

    Dr. Alice Auma Ochanda

    Alice is a Programme Specialist for Gender and Science at the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa. She initiated the Scientific Camps of Excellence STEM Mentorship Programme. Alice has a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Anthropology (Gender and Development) and a Master of Arts Degree in Diplomacy and International Studies, both from the University of Nairobi; and a Bachelor of Education Degree from Kenyatta University. Alice is responsible for the overall Co-ordination of the mentorship in STEM programme. She also provides mentorship to girls on life skills and survival techniques and trains science teachers on gender responsive teaching of science subjects. For further information on the programme, please contact her at: a.ochanda@unesco

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    Technological gaps will keep on growing between developed and developing countries as long as new approaches are not adopted in the teaching of STEM in primary and secondary schools. Most Kenyan secondary schools laboratories are ill- equipped for students to carry out experiments; thus they perceive sciences as dull, theoretical and abstract. They fail to relate what they are taught with its application in the real world. Science will remain an abstract pursuit to learners so long as they are not exposed to its real application in their daily lives. Technology will never be appropriate if students are not afforded means of contextualizing it –this should earnestly begin in our laboratories.

    - Prof. Shem Wandiga, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nairobi

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