Getting girls to fall in love with Science

Getting girls to fall in love with Science

MASERU – For women, science and technology seem to be a no go area, a trend that some gender organisations now want to change.
This was said by Girls Coding Academy and Gender and Entrepreneurship Empowerment & Media (GEM) organisations. Both organisations train women on coding and programming.
In order to empower women to be active in the fields of technology, the organisations are planning to hold a conference in August this year.

Nkents’o Koenane, the co-founder of Girls Coding Academy, said they plan to empower women to study Science, Technology, engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM).
“This is because there is a shortage of women in those fields,” she said.
Koenane said many women assumed that, for example, motor mechanics is a job for males. She said it is time to change such a mind-set.
Koenane said the conference will consist of people who specialise in science and technology from the country and outside Lesotho. She said they will share their knowledge and exchange ideas with other women.
The theme of the conference will be Women in Technology Empowerment, Innovation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Koenane said the world is in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Lesotho has missed all the three revolutions which were about establishing railways, mass production and ATM machines.
Founder of Girls Coding Academy, ’Maneo Maqhamisa, said her organisation has taught many girls on how to create software applications.
Maqhamisa said the organisation will in July send six girls to Ghana to represent Lesotho at a seminar on Robotics. She said science should help solve issues such as floods.
“We want those robots to redirect that water for future usage when the land is dry,” she said.

The founder of GEM Institute Mpho Letima said the two organisations are not discriminating against males but they are aware that females always need to be pushed when it comes to studying science and technology.
GEM has trained over 7 000 girls and it advocates in bridging the gender digital gap with a special interest for girls in hard-to-reach places.

’Makhotso Rakotsoane


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