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

    StemKenya is a science programme activity that was initiated by the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa to support Kenya’s efforts to reduce the gender gap in STEM by mentoring secondary school girls in STEM through scientific Camps of Excellence. The programme is based at the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. Our offices are at the UN Complex in Gigiri. Other key partners in the programme include the Ministry of Education, the National Commision for Science Technology and Innovation, Kenyan Universities and Industries.

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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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