In line with the Vision 2020 YERI’s focus; our initiative is passionate about the education and empowerment of the girl child particularly in STEM.
Do you know that only 17 women have won Nobel Prize in physics, chemistry or medicine since Marie Curie in 1903 compared to about 572 men? (UNESCO). The low participation of girls and women in STEM fields can be observed at all levels of education, with the likelihood for female participation to decrease as the level of education rises. This is mirrored in the labor market where there are few women in STEM related careers, and women are largely absent in higher level managerial and decision-making positions. However, gender differences in STEM start with the performance of secondary school students in STEM-related subjects such as mathematics and science. To this end, YERI works tirelessly to involve and encourage more girls in STEM through our various programmes, one of which is the ‘Girls in STEM Day out’ – which held on The International Day of Women and Girls in STEM, February 11, 2020.
International Day of Women and Girls in Science, February 11, is a day set aside by the United Nations to celebrate women and girls in Science. To celebrate this day, our initiative in partnership with the U.S Consulate General, Lagos hosted a free screening of the ‘Hidden Figures’ movie. The movie is about three African American women who worked hard and contributed immensely to the success of enabling a space shuttle to reach space and back to earth safely at NASA. They were a minority group and were discriminated against. The movie celebrates them for their contributions towards NASA. The aim of this screening is to inspire young girls to rise above cultural biases to achieve excellence.
A total of 31 girls from 2 senior secondary schools attended this event. Schools involved include;
- Herbert Macaulay Girls Senior Secondary School
- and Surulere Girls Senior Secondary School.
The girls were selected based on their excellent academic records and their participation in the school’s JETS Club.
The Vision 2020 YERI wishes to thank the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos and the Education District IV for partnering with us to create a more successful and impactful event for young women as we believe that the impact from this event will spur the students to become global leaders in STEM.
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