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How can we get more girls to thrive in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects and careers? 

 

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For me, mentorship is at the heart of success for girls in STEM.

Given the structural disadvantages against girls in Africa such as as partenalism, culture and all, it is important for girls to see men and women who believe in them and are there to support them in their journey towards a STEM career.
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I think it starts with the teaching and communication around the subject matter. If this is done in an interesting and compelling manner to get the little ones excited and comfortable around numbers - perhaps by harnessing gamification and other fun methods. That builds a solid foundation and then as many others have said, if children are aware of the endless possibilities their future could hold via role models ideally from within the community, maths camps etc the sky is the limit!
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I think men in STEM should do more to show young girls that ability has no gender. The fight for girls to enter STEM has always been left for women to fight on their own. It should be everyone's fight because society will benefit from diversity in these subjects.
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Many girls are not aware of the career paths available to them based on STEM subjects, it is very important to ensure that girls are made aware early on in their schooling programmes about career options available to them via STEM subjects.
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By being exemplary to other  girls and women through skills sharing, volunteer teaching and sharing of STEM applications from online.
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Teaching of mathematics and science must be done without shaming and with empathy. Creativity and showing that mathematics is everywhere is the solution to sparking interest in young minds
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I am told that reseearch shows that girls who attend all-girls schools do better in STEM - and i see it with my daughters. We can learn something about this regarding gender cultures and how educators see and treat learners. More girls can strive in STEM if more adults (and educators) believe that they can, and treat them like they can, and accultarize them like they can. Stop calling men to fix the pipe or check what's wrong with the bulb. There is nothing gendered about curiousity and mechanics. OPEN UP.
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By getting them excited at an early stage and expose them to possible STEAM careers and role models! This keeps them focused and looking back this is what happened to me! I wrote about my journey recently here

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10158425519067260&set=a.10151385987062260
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Teacher support - as that is where it starts, the nurturing and developing the love for maths and science

Encourage students to participate in games likes Maths24 from Primary school age - to inspire them that maths can be fun

Offer girls Maths holiday camps during school holidays in early high school years to support them further and possibly conitnue this to matric
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Increase the visibility of female STEM role models in schools.
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