October 11 every year has been marked as the International Day of the Girl; A day aimed to promote girls’ rights, highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face and promoting girls’ empowerment to improve girls lives. According to the 2018 theme: With Her: A Skilled Girl-Force; we stand with girls everywhere as they inspire, innovate and take charge of their own future. Today’s generation of girls are preparing to enter a world of work that is being transformed by innovation and technology, hence we are working alongside all girls to expand existing learning opportunities, chart new pathways on how to prepare them for a successful transition into the world of work.
With that in mind, WAAW Foundation in collaboration with Strong Enough Girls Empowerment Initiative and Educating Nigerian Girls In New Enterprise (ENGINE 2), an National Youth Service Corp CDS program with Mercy corps celebrated with public school Girls in Abuja on STEM Education. We trained the girls on STEM hands-on projects relating to their school science subjects using locally available materials such as water, salt, balloon, battery, papers, wires etc. to demonstrate practical learning and to create innovative skills among students . STEM is a curriculum based acronym on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world application.
WAAW Foundation brings simple rules of STEM using locally available materials around them, to demonstrate how close STEM can be to them with focus on the girl child. WAAW stormed Kpeyegi Junior Secondary school Abuja on October 11th with renewable energy kits: building a windmill and teaching girls on electricity generation using locally constructed windmill made from materials such as wooden stick and cardboard (carton).Their eyes shone with excitement as they used the wooden sticks and cardboard papers, some of which Lucy Ikpesu Ewhubare – WAAW STEM Trainer encouraged them to source for, from the junk in their surroundings. They even powered a bulb with it! What excitement STEM can bring, and the spark of hope on the faces of the girls could have only been imagined.
It didn’t end there! WAAW also stormed NYSC ENGINE CDS program, Theme: Education – Put all girls in school, on Monday October 15th. It was an empowerment/sponsorship program for school girls in Abuja Public Secondary school. WAAW Foundation educated school girls, teachers, NYSC corp members and Educational stakeholders on the importance of STEM education to the career development of the girl-child in preparation to the future workforce through experiential learning; WAAW STEM Trainer : Lucy Ikpesu Ewhubare carried out some hands-on activities on Renewable energy, Materials conductivity and Electromagnet to demonstrate STEM and how interesting Science can be using experiential learning & teaching method. It was exciting as all were awed seeing junks and locally available materials such as carton, bottle cap, straws, battery etc. explains science and seeing amazing result.