Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) joined the rest of the world in celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, through a workshop dubbed “STEM-4-GIRLS 2017”.
The interactive event was held in partnership with the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA) on Saturday 11 February 2017 at the Faculty of Science Education Complex and Astra Campus.
Female students and teachers from 5 schools, namely Bradley, Chiwaridzo, Chipindura, Hermann Gmeiner High Schools as well as Bindura Primary School graced the occasion.
The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova, in a speech read on her behalf by the BUSE VODL Director Mrs Unity Chipunza said the commemorations were an opportunity for all to take a stand for girls and women in science.
Ms Bokova added that girls faced stereotypes and social restrictions that limited their access to education and funding, thereby preventing them from scientific careers and reaching their full potential.
She further advocated for the holistic empowerment of women in science.
‘Girls and women must be empowered at every level, in learning, research, administration, and teaching in all scientific fields,’ she said.
At the same occasion, the Vice Chancellor of BUSE, Prof Eddie Mwenje, represented by the Dean in the Faculty of Science Prof Wilson Parawira, urged the girls in attendance to embrace opportunities around them, and build a stronger foundation for advanced studies later on.
Prof Mwenje added that BUSE puts Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines at the core of its business as it prides in “Promoting Science for Human Development”. He underscored that STEM careers drive the economies of the modern world.
The students and their teachers toured the University laboratories and were taken through some scientific experiments by university staff members to stimulate their interest in science.
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, was launched by the United Nations in 2016 as part of a wider effort to establish gender parity and the empowerment of women.