USIU-Africa Alumni Association in partnership with TechWomen, an initiative of the US Government, and She Goes Tech will host a conference themed:
“She believed she could, so she did STEM”
The conference will be hosted at USIU-Africa auditorium on 10th February, 2017. That is actually tomorrow. It will be opened by the Vice Chancellor, USIU-Africa, Prof. Paul Zeleza at 9.45am. This conference will bring together a delegation of senior members of the TechWomen program, female students in high school and universities as well as female Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) representatives in the private and public sectors.
The event will be aimed at addressing how Kenya benefits by having more people engaged in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with an emphasis on encouraging more ladies to engage in STEM careers.
The panel discussions will be moderated by USIU-Africa Alumni Ms. Doreen Mbaya and will have key note addresses by:
- Dr. Joy Kiano, Principal Nova Girls
- Prof Paul Zeleza, Vice chancellor USIU-Africa
- Dani Ushizima, Tech Women
- Anar Simpson, Tech Women
- Eunice Kariuki, Director of Partnerships, Innovation and Capacity (Public Sector)
Some of the topics to be tackled include:
- Importance of introducing STEM to young girls early
- The role that universities have in preparing STEM resources for Kenya and Africa
- Benefits that Kenya gains by involving girls in STEM
- The role of Private sector in absorbing STEM related students
- Role of government in addressing the employment of STEM girls
The TechWomen program is a six-year old initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, formed to encourage and support young women to pursue STEM careers, thereby producing the next generation of women STEM leaders from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East.