Our project objective was to mentor 150 high schools girls between the ages of 14 to 18 years from public
and private schools in Mombasa, Kenya. We’re happy that we trained 180 high school girls trained from 11 public and private high schools in Mombasa
Additionally, we set out to train 25- 30 women professionals from Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics fields who would be our trainer of trainees. We successfully trained 24 young women trained as trainer of trainees.
Schools we trained at
11 schools in Mombasa county participated in the 2016 program. These include
● Aga Khan high school
● Maweni Secondary
● Hassan Joho Secondary
● Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Secondary
● Mt. Sinai High
● Likoni Mixed Secondary
● Kajembe High
● Memon High
● St Charles Lwanga Secondary
● Mtongwe Secondary
● Mama Ngina Girls Secondary
Mombasa Girls in STEM launch
Mombasa Girls in STEM 2016 was launched on December 12th 2015 at the Swahili Cultural Center in Mombasa where the partners, Techwomen Kenya and Pwani Teknowgalz, inducted the public that included (teachers, Trainer of Trainers and the public) on the genesis of the program and its objectives. The launch also enabled ToTs who had applied for the project understand their role better and their expected output. An online publicity drive was also conducted from November to December 2015 with a call of applications for ToTs
Trainer of Trainers (ToT) sessions
In January 2016, training sessions for ToTs begun and were held on Saturdays at the Senator’s office in Kizingo Mombasa. The first training, Design Thinking was held on 16th January and was run by Global Minimum.The objectives for the design thinking session was to enamor ToTs with design thinking principles to train girls in creative
thinking processes and problem solving methods as they design their projects. Similar training sessions were carried out for the duration of the month and these included one day training sessions on Science and Geographic Information Systems, Software Engineering and Mobile App development and Robotics and Engineering sessions.
The County Education Department’s approval was sought and both private and public schools were officially invited to participate in the program. From the 11 schools that agreed to participate, each school had approximately 15 to 20 girls join and these were girls from Form 1 to Form 4 classes. The students were divided into teams of about 5 to 7 girls and each team assigned a ToT to direct and advise on their project. A lead trainer from Pwani Teknowgalz was also assigned to each school to monitor overall school project progress and logistics per school.
Mombasa Girl in STEM Fair
The project culmination was a STEM fair held on 13th August 2016, where a platform was provided for the participating high school students to exhibit their STEM based solutions to community problems in Mombasa modeled around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The projects were showcased to local government leaders, local professionals, students, teachers and the general public. Three judges; Kennedy Wakia, the Cultural and Educational Affairs Specialist at the U.S. Embassy, Nairobi, Dr. Suhaila Hashim, Head of Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Pwani University, and Zani Gichuki, Country Director, Women in Engineering Kenya.
The guest of honor was Tamarind Murrietta, Commercial Attaché, U.S Embassy, Nairobi. Furthermore, the Senator of Mombasa County, Honorable Hassan Omar, also attended the fair and was on hand to motivate the girls and assess the each project’s feasibility.
The project involved the Mombasa County Education department in the identification and selection of public
and private schools in the county for participation. The department also provided letters to the selected
schools introducing TechWomen Kenya, Pwani Teknowgalz and the project. The Office of the Senator of Mombasa County availed their office for all Trainer of Trainer trainings of the project.
The project was an overall success. The project targets were not only reached but surpassed. The project also managed to gain the support of the local government through the Senator’s office and local businesses. Gulf African Bank Kenya donated 2 desktop computers and awarded 3 scholarships to Likoni Mixed Secondary school based on TechWomen Kenya’s recommendation. The school has no computers and the participating students had the least knowledge in STEM.
In addition, the lead teacher from the most outstanding school during the project, Mt. Sinai Secondary, informed TechWomen Kenya after the fair that the students’ grades had improved over the months since the start of the project. This was an extremely positive outcome of the project. Going forward, TechWomen Kenya would like to make the project and STEM Fair an annual event in Mombasa and the surrounding counties.