WAAW foundation conducted its Fourth Bi-annual Fellows Summit hosted virtually from the WAAW Foundation head office at Abuja Nigeria from 19th to 20th August 2021. The goal of the summit is to bring together and to encourage college students across Africa who volunteer their time and knowledge to organize Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) outreach and mentoring programs to 2-4 neighboring public Secondary schools in their communities with the aim of promoting STEM education and learning. 

The summit was scheduled as follows;

Theme: Redefining the Gender Narrative in STEM Education

Dates: 19th – 20th August, 2021

Time: 1pm – 3pm WAT, 3pm – 5pm EAT

Venue:  Zoom and Facebook live.

The summit was attended by over 45 fellows from across 13 African countries, and other individuals who joined the event to learn about the amazing work our college fellows are doing in their respective countries and communities. 6 Alumni fellows (Rebecca Nanjala from the UK, Mercy Aboh from Nigeria, Winifred Odunoku from Nigeria, Christiana Kasim from the UK, Hanah Simba from South Africa, and Stella Murugi from Kenya) also join the event to share their experience as College Fellow, their progress from being a fellow to their current professional status and encourage the current fellows as they mentor school students to pursue STEM-related discipline in their community. The host speaker for the event was Mr. Boubakar Yougbare – Program Officer at the African Union international center for girls and women’s education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA) from Burkina Faso spoke on Redefining the Gender Narrative in STEM Education. 

During the Summit, Alumni Fellows shared their stories about their journey with WAAW Foundation as a college fellow to their current professional status. The host speaker Mr. Boubakar Yougbare from African Union (AU) talked about the theme of the summit: Redefining the Gender Narrative in STEM Education where he encouraged college fellows to continue with the good work of promoting STEM learning especially for girls in their community. Mr. Boubakar Yougbare also shared a video clip about encouraging more girls to pursue STEM fields. A big part of this event was to celebrate fellows graduating in 2021 and to appreciate them for their outstanding work as you graduate from college and as a WAAW Foundation Fellow. Dr. Unoma Okorafor – the Founder of WAAW Foundation joined the call to have a chat with the fellows and advised all to continue with the good work in promoting STEM learning in their community. Lucy Ikpesu Ewhubare, the Program Director of WAAW Foundation was also celebrated and congratulated as she will be leaving for the UK in September for her Master’s. 

There were other interesting and fun activities like games, music, shoutout, dancing, and lots more. 

Link to scream the event live on Facebook for the 2 days; 

Unoma Okorafor

Dr. Unoma Okorafor is the founder of WAAW Foundation. She is a passionate social entrepreneur committed to empowering girls in African through STEM focused education.

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