A project that will help develop more interest for girls to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in school was yesterday launched by a non-government organisation known as Graduate Women in conjunction with the Fijian Government.
The project also known as STEM will see will see 30 girls coming together for a four-day camp to participate in experiments, have hands-on learning experiences and develop interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Officiating at the event, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation – Mereseini Vuniwaqa and Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Hon. Rosy Akbar emphasized government’s support in any project that assists women and girls develop their skills and knowledge.
“Educating a woman brings about self-esteem and confidence. It also promotes active participation in her society and women need to be more involved in educational policy decision making process,” Minister Vuniwaqa said.
“It takes the collective effort of government and society in creating equal opportunities for education, and increasing the enrolment of the girl child into schools. This in itself reduces poverty. In the long run, an educated woman will actively play a better role in directing her children through life’s journey.”
Minister Akbar reiterated the same sentiments as she pledged her Ministry’s support towards the project and also highlighted the need to have parents at the forefront.
A total of 200 applications were received for the project however only 30 girls were selected from ages 6-13 years. The camp will take place from April 29 to May 2.