Sharing insights on girls and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
WomEng hosted a Leadership Development and Training workshop with the Institution of Engineers Tanzania's Women Chapter (IET- WC) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 7 and 8 February 2019. This workshop forms part of the GCRF Africa Catalyst project being implemented by WomEng across all (4) African countries, namely Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Tanzania. The aim of this workshop was to establish and solidify a knowledge - sharing relationship with IET - WC in preparation for the upcoming WomEng - IET outreach programmes.
This is the third workshop in this series of workshops to be hosted as part of the GCRF Africa Catalyst project, funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering. The first workshop was held in Malawi in November 2018 and the second in Zimbabwe in January 2019. At the crux of these workshops is the training of teams to plan and run pilot GirlEng and Fellowship programmes in their respective countries. The desired impact for this project is for more young girls to pursue the engineering stream, and increase the number of women in engineering.
The workshop presented the opportunity for members to share their personal experiences of being female engineers in Tanzania. Asked why they decided to become engineers, Mkufu Shabani, the chairperson of the IET - WC, retold of her long desire to wanting to become a aeronautical engineer from a young age: “In standard 5, I knew I wanted to become an aeronautical engineer. One reason was that I knew that all a pilot does is drive; so, I wanted to do the kind of work that made the plane fly”.
The collaboration between WomEng and the IET - WC will be a milestone in attracting and developing the best young talent Tanzania has to offer.
“We have been experiencing issues with reaching out to girls but with the outreach programmes that will be introduced, it is going to be easier to reach out to girls even in the rural areas.”, - Kumbirai Maravanyika, a member of the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers Women in Engineering (ZIE – WIE) chapter, highlights how the collaboration between WomEng and ZIE-WIE on the GCRF Africa Catalyst project will impact female secondary school and university engineering students in Zimbabwe.
On 30 January 2019 and 01 February 2019, Aditi Lachman and Tlhogi Swaratlhe from WomEng hosted a Leadership Development and Training Workshop with members from ZIE-WIE at the Management Training Bureau in Harare, Zimbabwe. This two-day workshop was conducted as part of the GCRF Africa Catalyst project, funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering. The aim of this workshop was to prepare teams to plan and run pilot GirlEng and Fellowship programmes in Zimbabwe in 2019. The GirlEng and Fellowship programmes target secondary school girls and female engineering students, respectively. The objective of these outreach programmes is to increase the number and leadership quality of female engineering students. Discussions at the workshop centred around the current challenges and successes ZIE-WIE has in attracting and developing female engineers, knowledge- sharing on how to plan and implement programmes and a masterclass on personal and team leadership. The key deliverable from this workshop is the development of an outreach plan.
The ZIE-WIE members are enthusiastic to be collaborating with WomEng on this important project. Maravanyika further adds that this project will not only be beneficial to the young girls that will be participating, but to her personal development as well. Maravanyika added, “This project is going to help me develop myself because now I have learned of more avenues that I can explore. I will also be able to network with quite a number of people from different organizations, who will help me develop my career”.
Shelta Majowa, also a member of ZIE-WIE, shared her excitement of joining a global network: “I am excited to be joining this project as we are now joining the global team in engineering, and I think this will be inspiring to young girls as they will see themselves as being part of a bigger group”.
WomEng is looking forward to working together with ZIE-WIE chapter in creating the next generation of engineers and crafting the narrative of a diverse and inclusive engineering profession across Africa.
WomEng hosted a 2-day leadership development and training workshop in Blantyre, Malawi for the local team of female engineers and engineering students on 22 Novemebr 2018. 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.
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