Sharing insights on girls and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
Blantyre, 22 November 2018 - WomEng hosted a 2-day leadership development and training workshop in Blantyre, Malawi for the local team of female engineers and engineering students. This is part of the Royal Academy of Engineering GCRF Africa Catalyst Grant that was awarded to WomEng in 2018 for Capacity Building for Women in Engineering Bodies in Sub-Saharan Africa. The project aims to increase the capacity of engineering bodies to promote gender diversity and relevance within engineering and engineering professionals in Africa.
Facilitated by WomEng Global Programme Co-ordinator Aditi Lachman, the workshop focused on developing and training the Malawi Institution of Engineers (MIE) Women in Engineering chapter to develop an outreach plan on the implementation of WomEng programmes in Malawi for 2019. Dr Theresa Mkandawire, Dean of Engineering at the University of Malawi Polytechnic emphasised the importance of encouraging more young females in Malawi to take an interest in engineering from a young age, hence the importance of the WomEng programmes.
WomEng is also working with professional engineering bodies in Tanzania, eSwatini and Zimbabwe on this project over the next 2 years. The ultimate goal is to improve the number of registered female engineers in sub-Saharan Africa.
Johannesburg, South Africa – November 12, 2018 – WomEng, a non- profit organisation developing the next generation of high-skilled female engineers, today announced it has received a grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Through the grant, WomEng will host the GirlEng Technovation Camp, which will be a 4-day active-learning workshop for 60 high potential mathematics and science high school girls from ages 16 to 18 years old. The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as WomEng, which support and advance public safety programs and technology and engineering education initiatives.
“We are dedicated towards our global #1MillionGirlsInSTEM campaign and delighted to have the Motorola Solutions Foundation be part of this journey”- Naadiya Moosajee, WomEng Co-Founder.
This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help more than 3 million students, teachers, first responders and community members around the globe. There is a specific focus on providing grants to programs that impact underrepresented populations, including females, minorities, people with disabilities, veterans and others.
“The Motorola Solutions Foundation is honored to and privileged to support the work of WomEng,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We believe in organizations that are fostering innovation, building partnerships and driving change, and we’re proud to be part of the positive impact they’re making in communities.”
· For additional information on the Motorola Solutions Foundation grants program, visit: http://motorolasolutions.com/foundation
· For more information on WomEng, please visit: http://www.womeng.org/
WomEng is an authentic values-driven organisation for women in engineering by predominantly women engineers who have developed programmes to address the issues facing women in the engineering sector from school level all the way through to industry. Being a dynamic organisation, WomEng has been able to meet the changing demands and needs of the global engineering industry.
WomEng has been able to deliver cost effective, impactful programming and has a successful track record spanning over 12 years in developing programmes that work. It is a financially transparent organisation, with a strong board of directors. WomEng’s unique model ensures lasting impact created by passionate and committed people.
About the Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The foundation achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially in science, technology, engineering and math. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website: http://www.motorolasolutions.com/foundation