Education and training are important cornerstones of “Kenya Vision 2030” and with the pandemic that struck globally in 2019, uncertainty and unforeseen delays of closure and re-opening of the education sector has been greatly affected. It is imperative now more than ever to embrace the virtual and technical world into all sectors of life. STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and is greatly being explored and encouraged in Kenya, especially when it comes to girls. When it comes to educational facilities, the development and support of vocational training and its institutions, the promotion of digital literacy and a fundamental revision and adaptation of new curricula are just some of the issues that are being addressed. FKE in collaboration with the NHO is eager to support and bridge the gap between TVET’s and industry so as to carry out the much-needed Girls In Technology (GIT).
The specific objectives of the project are to:
i. Encourage girls and young women to pursue STEM education:
ii. To inspire girls and young women to work in STEM careers; and
iii. Engage the private sector and promote collaboration through partnerships
The project targets girls age group 13-18 years, lower – upper Secondary schools; TVET’s and KCSE curriculum for secondary schools in Kenya.
Thus far the federation launched a very successful FKE Girls & Tech campaign on the 27th of October 2021 at St. George's Girls' Secondary School. Which involved the form one’s and two’s with over 800 students in attendance and encouraged to partake in the STEM subjects.