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.