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WAAW Foundation STEM Outreach and mentorship program

At WAAW (Working to Advance Science and Technology Education for African Woman) Foundation, A 501© non-profit organization (EIN 20-8576703), We have a mission to increase the pipeline of African women entering into Science and Technology fields and ensure they are engaged in Technology innovation and Entrepreneurship to benefit Africa at large. Our core focus is to empower African Women to become impactful leaders and change agent through experiential STEM Education and engagement, Leadership and Entrepreneurship training.

WAAW Foundation recognizes that Female Education and Science and Technology Innovation are the two most crucial components to poverty alleviation and rapid development in Africa. The plight of the African woman against prejudices and huge societal disadvantages in often male dominated communities is still vastly unexposed, and requires a strong and compassionate voice. We believe that the woman is the pivot of the family and the family is the pivot of the community.

One of the programs that WAAW Foundation is using to achieve this vision and mission is the STEM Outreach and Mentorship program that deals with ladies in STEM related fields courses in the higher institution going to secondary schools in their various communities for outreaches and serves as mentors for those girls in the various school visited.

The overarching goal of this program is to bridge the secondary school to college continuum for STEM and Computer Science in Africa and to ultimately increase the pipeline of African youth entering STEM careers.

The STEM Chapter project recruits, trains, equips and facilitates a chapter consisting of 9 – 12 African University students to provide STEM tutoring, computer science training and mentoring to 3 – 5 public secondary schools in their communities. WAAW currently operates 19 STEM chapters in 11 African countries, with over 200 fellows.

75% of our fellows are our African girls that was awarded scholarship through our WAAW Foundation Scholarship award program. In a way of given back to the community, they are given a task to go back to their college and create a STEM Chapter that will be responsible for STEM Outreaches and mentorship program in the fellow’s community.

Fellows during one of their training section

Fellows receive initial training and start up resources to self organized into a functioning cell that provides STEM outreach and mentoring programs. The training for the Outreach fellows will provides them with exposure and tools needed to become future teachers and role models. As content creators for their STEM subjects, the fellows will develop an appreciation for the challenges of Public education and an avocation in promoting STEM education.

So far, we have been able to empower African girls through our STEM Outreach and Mentoring program that we organize every year right from the time WAAW Foundation was founded in 2007;

  • Over 21000 girls in 11 Sub-Sahara Africa countries impacted through our college-to-secondary STEM mentoring and outreach program
  • More than 37 African college girls sponsored through our African Scholarship program.
  • Over 200 fellows (girls) around the Sub-Sahara Africa countries trained in STEM fields to serves as mentors for college-to-secondary STEM outreach and mentoring programs.

This is what one of our STEM fellows, Grace Oteh has to say;

“I am currently a 400l student of Agricultural Extension, University of Nigeria. I joined WAAW Foundation in January 2018 through the WAAW scholarship program which has immensely helped me in my academic pursuit. I am excited to have been one of the five scholarship recipients from Africa.
Working with WAAW Foundation as a chapter leader has helped me in so many to develop strong leadership potentials through building a network of vibrant and committed youths like me, who are passionate about giving back to their community. My team and I have organized school outreaches in the university community impacting over 100 school girls collectively through our mentorship programs, STEM education, computer programming etc. Planning for these outreaches has afforded us a lot of exposure through meeting people and organizing events to ensure effective communication of our aim. Each Opportunity we have to interact with these school girls has always been impactful and euphoric, the excitement and glee on their faces with each encounter shows their readiness and keenness to learn. I am most grateful for the opportunity to impact lives through STEM outreach and I look forward to doing even greater things with WAAW Foundation beyond my locality”

WAAW Foundation is committed to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development goal 4, 5 & 8 by giving Quality Education to girls through STEM Education by dealing Gender Equality in Africa so that, there will be Decent work which will lead to economic growth in Africa.