Science | Technology | Engineering | Mathematics
These are educational fields that focus on applying logic, critical thinking, and inventive problem-solving to understand and better the world. STEM fields are crucial for innovation, discovery, and advancement in a variety of fields, including energy, health and environment. Students who receive a STEM education are better equipped for occupations that call for communication, cooperation, and critical thinking abilities.
Youth and Technology in Malawi
Malawi is a country where young people are embracing technology to solve social and economic challenges. Technology is empowering the youth to create a positive change in their communities and beyond.
The youth have a huge part to play in the development of this country, not only because they constitute a good 40% of the population, they are also the ones who will implement any development plans and or strategies for the country in the long term.
This is why RFL, as an entity, focuses on achieving sustainable development goals in the education sector as stipulated in the MDGs III, by training the Malawian youth in STEM through the use of robotics which is the best way to make the rather difficult science principles interesting. RFL visualizes a time where we can utilize technology that is tailor made to suit the various needs of the Malawian society, as opposed to copying technologies from other countries that may not exactly fit the needs of our society.
Female Inclusion in Tech and Education in Malawi
Female inclusion in STEM education in Malawi is a crucial issue that affects the social and economic development of the country. According to a report by UNESCO, only 35% of STEM students in higher education in Malawi are female, and the gender gap widens at the postgraduate and research levels.
This situation is influenced by various factors, such as socio-cultural norms, lack of role models, inadequate facilities and resources, and low quality of teaching and learning. To address this challenge, several initiatives have been launched by the government, NGOs, and international partners to promote female participation and empowerment in STEM fields. These include scholarships, mentorship programs, awareness campaigns, curriculum reforms, and teacher training.
At RFL, we believe that female inclusion in STEM education is not only a matter of equity, but also a driver of innovation and progress for Malawi.
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