WAAW foundation is dedicated to engaging female college students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines, who have the passion to give back to their community by sharing their experience and providing training for secondary girls in their local communities.
We believe that Mentoring is a very powerful tool in retaining African female in STEM and by exposing young girls to successful role models, we can help counter negative stereotypes because when girls see that people like them who are succeeding and excelling in typical male dominated fields, they become inspired to choose careers in these fields.
Launched in 2013, the overall goal of our Outreach and Mentoring program is to bridge the secondary school-to-college continuum for Science and Technology in Africa and ultimately increase the pipeline of African girls entering STEM careers.
Our outreach program establishes Science and Technology outreach cells within Universities across Africa to perform college-to-secondary outreach and mentoring within their local communities. Our STEM outreach cell is a college female student-led initiative which consists of 9 to 15 college students in STEM disciplines. We recruit cell leaders from African universities who may or may not be WAAW Scholarship recipients. Cell leaders are then tasked to recruit other STEM University Students called Fellows. Fellows go out into 3-5 neighboring secondary schools in their communities to tutor STEM topics, act as role models and attract more secondary school girls into STEM careers, thereby, promoting STEM education and learning amongst secondary school students in Africa.
Fellows bring Computer programming, Robotics, Solar & wind energy curriculum into secondary school classrooms. They teach students how to create batteries, explore light, learn about the principles of flight and skills such as soldering, building mini generator etc
Every year we organize two weeklong Eastern and Western Africa regional fellows’ summits where fellows have the opportunity to meet and discuss the work their cells are doing so other cells can learn from them. The aim of the Summit is to train, motivate, inspire and equip fellows with the skills they need to successfully inspire secondary students and recruit them into STEM careers.
Till date, WAAW has trained over 120 college fellows and operates 17 STEM cells in Universities across 12 countries in Africa.
Through engaging hands-on computer science and technology related projects, WAAW is helping to boost interest in STEM among diverse female secondary school students in African communities.