The Future of Science and Technology in hands of Young Girls by

Published On: 17-12-2015

People must realize that girls care about Science, technology, engineering and maths, as many other things in life. Girls understand that studying science subjects encourages some of the better qualities of human race, such as a selfless search for knowledge, or the understanding among different people for a greater cause rather than for personal benefit, or the innovation of technologies to make people’s life easier, it also sometimes reflects some of our worst mistakes. Though girls in science were not the majority in past times, social conventions and long-established stereotypes which convince them of not being good enough for it. We need to surpass the irrational belief that girls are not sufficiently to do science, and understand that they are as capable as anyone to conduct research project, to make prodigious discoveries, to design heavy machinery for industry, or, essentially, to accomplish anything they dream of changing the Tech globe.

As it has been reported by the UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics Tanzania lacks female scientists which ranges from 0-30%. The challenge on hand is to win the battle of equality in science, it is mandatory to empower more young girls into high academic positions, so our societies watch them doing meaningful contributions to science and technology, more importantly, hear them speaking about it. Giving interviews in public media, attending high-level conferences, giving public outreach talks, being the ones who talk and discuss about scientific progress is fundamental to change the present situation.

An important initiative to create awareness among Tanzanians, is a time to time promising campaign such as SHE Codes for Change Mentorship program which is putting a strong emphasis on the encouragement of young girls to pursue a studies in science or technology fields. In the past years, similar attempts are materializing to inspire young girls to dream out with a bright future in science, or at least, to help them give up the misconception that technical jobs are not made for them. These efforts, and many others are happening in few areas around the globe, surely these mentorship contribute to break current stereotypes against young girls in science and technology fields. However, the task seems a challenging one when even male researchers have this kind of prejudices still hidden deep-down their minds.

With the continued advancement of digital technologies the reality is that we no longer have certainly about the jobs and roles of the future. We do however know the core skills that need to be developed. Companies looking to hire STEM graduates hail from the fastest growing sector of the aboard economy. This present a challenge when young girls are choosing career paths. In terms of making STEM subjects’ key value to young Tanzanian must put in action that there is a need of STEM subject support, creative talks in schools from industry with professional and great working experience. Most cases on girls to look in role models. It is time for girls to feel that science is a new world they can explore and be excellent at, that science can be a very important and rewarding part of their identities. We need to build confidence in our young sisters and break down this believe that STEM subjects are male. Together we can give our young girls the opportunities to do new things and thrive in this exciting era.