02 Jun School Outreach and Mentoring by Rose Macharia
Rose Macharia is a 2013 WAAW Scholarship recipient. Interviewing her was a great inspiration for us. As much as she was struggling to pay for her tuition, she was still able to start a mentoring outreach for students in her community.
She has done a fantastic job already and we are encouraging her to do more. Like all other scholarship recipients, she will be part of our STEM Cell Outreach program. WAAW Foundation will support her endeavors and enable her to expand her efforts in school outreach.
In my country Kenya, there is general lower performance in sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics) for girls as compared to their male counterparts. This may be attributed to several factors including;
i. Low or no motivation in high schools
ii. Negative attitude towards sciences especially Mathematics
iii. Clinging to a misleading past that ladies only do well in languages and arts, etc.
Having performed very well in the subjects in which I scored As and gained admission to medical school, I used the leadership skills I had gained in high school as the school captain to mobilize like-minded and equally committed friends to form a mentorship group.
We are committed to showing the girls all over Kenya that ladies can be the best in any field they want to venture into.
We started with school visits to my former school Karima Girls High School where we spent weekends off-campus doing peer teaching and motivational talks. We were joined by students from various universities (University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology) in our country.
We get financial support from the school principals and part of our pocket money to enable us raise fare to and fro the school, equipment and accommodation.
We have visited several schools in the country where we address students from various schools in a common venue.
Among the topics we cover are:
Preparation for campus life
Improving performance in sciences for girls and languages for boys
Drug and substance abuse and HIV/Aids
Fostering girl child education in areas where it has not been taken up by communities especially in arid and semi-arid areas.
The pictures show some of the schools and students Rose Macharia and her peers have impacted so far.
If you are an African female undergraduate student with a passion for mentoring and inspiring other young African girls. You can be a part of our STEM Cell Outreach program by filling an application online here.
Join WAAW Foundation and make a difference in the lives of girls who are capable of aspiring and succeeding in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.