Project STEM for Girls
U-TOLF in 2015 launched the Project 102 basic scholarship scheme to return children to the classrooms. These include indigent, orphaned and physically challenged children by supporting them with tuition, exercise books, stationeries, school uniforms, sandals, bags, etc. This scholarship was designed to last for 3 years. In 2018, U-TOLF had supported 104 children with school needs for 3 years and extended the scholarship for “exceptional” cases.
As this phase of the scholarship scheme closes, we are starting a second phase. This phase is designed to promote and encourage the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by girls. UNESCO figures reveal that women make up a minority of the world’s science researchers. In 121 countries with available data, women make up 29 percent of science researchers. Throughout the world, women continue to be significantly underrepresented in every sector of STEM. Men outnumber women as students, educators, researchers, and workers in these fields. Available girl’s enrollment data from Nigeria shows the trend of under enrolment in physical science classes at secondary level.
With the increasing gap in female enrollment, there is a consensus among researchers that interventions to advance girls’ learning and address the gender inequity in science needs to start at an early age. This forms the bedrock for our 2nd cycle of project 102; STEM Project 102 for the Girl Child.
In 2021, U-TOLF held a workshop for about 1000 girls and about 300 girls showed interest in digital training, series of assessment were conducted to select 50 finalists and trainees. They were trained for 4 months in Amazon and other digital skills. The world is becoming digital which is why U-TOLF carries on this project and at same time, gives the girl child the opportunity to advance and not limit herself, hence eliminating the thought that TECH or science is gender biased.
- Schools Management Boards
- Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB)
- Post Primary School Management Board (PPSMB)
- Individuals and corporate bodies