Science education unlocks girls’ potentials -Dr. Gasingirwa

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On 16 August 2016 saa 08:51
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Girls in Rwanda were not allowed equal access to education like their brothers an act which hampered their involvement in development.

Dr Marie Christine Gasingirwa Director General of Science, Technology and Research at the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) has said that educating a woman and girl nowadays is a great weapon to eradicating divisionism and poverty in Rwanda and the region in general.

She noted this yesterday in a talk she held with more than people from 14 member states of Common Wealth Organization who attended the event dubbed Summer School.

Dr Gasingirwa explained that Rwanda has put efforts in promoting girls and women education focusing on courses including Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

“Some families would offer many education opportunities to boys than girls .This affected girls’ progress since they were tied to domestic tasks only,” she said.
She said that there is a target of supporting girls in creating innovations that will enable them to compete at the labor market.

The cabinet meeting held in June, 2016 resolved that students offering Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will be the priority among students receiving government’s sponsorship attending higher learning institutions and universities.

The event dubbed Summer School was initiated in 2011 and was held in Rwanda for the first time yesterday. It was held in Canada last year while the next session of the event will be held in England.

It is a great opportunity which brings together people with various experiences in sciences, technology, engeneering, mathematics among others including lawyers to discuss solutions of problems facing society.

Yesterday participants discussed the role of the universities in implementing activities towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals.