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

    The UNESCO Scientific Camps of Excellence for Mentoring girls was initiated in Kenya in November 2014 and targets girls in year 1, 2 and 3 of their secondary level education. The programme aims to close the gender gap in science in Kenya by inspiring girls to embrace sciences through mentorship talks, laboratory demonstrations, linkages of the science subjects to STEM careers and showing their relevance to the day –to day life of an individual. The camps also seek to empower girls to think of solutions for the various problems in their country from scientific and engineering perspectives and emphasize the need for science clubs in schools to facilitate further mentorship and networking opportunities for the students.

    To assess the impact of the programme, UNESCO and partners have established an online system to track the performance of the mentored girls. The system is able to capture the universities to which the mentored students have been admitted as well as the courses.

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    I used to say that physics is hard and not for women but now I have the idea how it’s helpful and I will do it. I think it had changed my mind and I am going to work hard. The event was awesome and what I wish is that it could be there every year or annually

    - Faith Indekhwa from Ruai Secondary School

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