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Africa Youth Rising Projects

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AFRICA YOUTH RISING PROJECTS

Under our youth programmes, we aim at empowering young girls to take their science and maths seriously as according to a global study by UNESCO conducted a little over two years ago, out of the total number of STEM students in higher education, only 35% are women. The same study establishes that female student enrolment is particularly low in ICT (3%), in natural science, mathematics and statistics (5%) and in engineering, manufacturing, and construction (8%).

 

In Ghana, girls and women are confronted with even worst challenges. According to UNESCO’s 2017 report, our girls have been kept way below par as a result of:

  • Gender insensitive teaching methodologies
  • The absence of clear policy guidelines on gender in the education sector
  • Lack of capacity (funding and competent staff) by the Girls’ Education Unit (GEU) and Science Education Unit (SEU) to play their mandated roles effectively
  • Limited inter-sectoral collaboration among the various government ministries and agencies in the promotion of girls’ education.

 

AWR is therefore particularly excited about the Mamfe Girls Robotics team that won the World Robotics and Coding Competition in 2021. We will leverage on their success to encourage other Young women.

 

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