US exchange alumni train 50 FCT girls in STEM skills

The US Government, in collaboration with Exchange Alumni, has trained 50 girls from 10 schools across the Federal Capital Territory in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics skills.

Tech Women Alumni, Stella Dennis, in a statement on Saturday said the programme was with the sponsorship of the U.S Department of State through the Alumni Ties programme and facilitated by World Learning.

She said it has been a beacon of innovation and empowerment for the talented young participants who joined them for an enriching five days at the FCTA Science and Technology camp.

The five-day programme delved into innovative aspects of digital making, including 3D printing, augmented reality, laser machines, and digital making for goods.

Ms Dennis explained that the virtual and augmented reality platforms were utilised to connect the pupils with women in tech and STEM leadership positions, addressing the underrepresentation of women’s stories in the field.

She shared insights into the programme’s focus on encouraging more girls in STEM, providing them with 3D printers and equipment to replicate the learned skills.

She noted that the facilitators were recent secondary school graduates who had undergone training through internships.

She stated, “Through this innovative approach, the participants had the privilege of interacting with accomplished women in the field, drawing inspiration from their journeys, and understanding the vast possibilities that lie ahead.

“Your creativity, coupled with these newfound capabilities, has the potential to reshape the landscape of technology and make a positive impact on society.”

She also highlighted the significant impact of similar programmes, having trained over 10,000 girls since its inception in 2014.

A representative of the FCT Department of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Funmi Jemisenia, reiterated the programme’s objective to inclusively involve girls in STEM activities and ensuring they stay abreast of new technologies.

Regarding government involvement, Mrs Jemisenia explained the FCT’s commitment in providing accommodation for the programme and emphasising girl-child education through specialised schools and participation in STEM competitions.

The alumni coordinator and US Embassy representative, Hannatu Sadiq, congratulated the participants, expressing the embassy’s dedication to women’s empowerment.

She encouraged the girls to embrace the opportunities ahead, assuring them of a supportive community.

The STEM initiative equipped young girls with essential skills and also addresses gender disparities in the tech and STEM fields.


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