The Federation of Kenya Employers joined the young ones of St Georges Girls’ Secondary school on the 27th of October 2021, to share and advocate for the agenda of FKE’s Girls & Technology (G&T) project. G&T project targets girls in secondary schools and TVETs in Kenya with key interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. The goal is to bridge the gap between skills produced by learning institutions and the actual skills demand in the industry.
Mrs. Rukunga, Senior Principal, St. Georges Girls Secondary School welcomed the guests and in her opening remarks emphasized the relevance of STEM subjects. She urged her students to take keen interest in science subjects which will elevate the performance and future career choices thus ensuring they remain relevant over time.
The keynote speaker, Eng. Teresa Karani from Kengen gave a powerful testimony to the girls. In her personalized presentation she spoke of her journey from high school, university and to being the well renowned Engineer she is today.
“I chose who I am today, back in Loreto Limuru as a high school student like you today. Understanding the seriousness, it would take to be an Engineer, I focused on STEM subjects at a young age to ensure I qualify for the course, 17 years working with Kengen, I do not regret that decision to date, you can make your dreams a reality today,” she encouraged the girls.
Other than well-established experts in the Science and Technology field speaking to the girls, the G&T project also welcomed speakers who are currently pursuing courses on the same, to speak as this brought the message closer home. Students in the University pursuing Science and Technology related courses did short presentations, and each one, emphasized on the following in their presentations:
• STEM subjects are important because they form the basis of a huge number of careers. Some of these jobs might be obvious like, research scientist, doctor, engineer, accountant but others – such as software developers, pilots, architects – are not so obvious.
• Importance of thinking carefully about your career plans when choosing your KCSE’s and college. STEM subjects also provide a lot of transferable skills which once can apply in any career.
A creative science quiz session was carried out giving the students the opportunity to win branded Girls & Tech T-shirts.
FKE presented a cash reward of Ksh.200,000 to the Principal of St. Georges Girls Secondary School to support and encourage the students even as they learn more on the importance of STEM subjects.