APWEN members and guests at the flag off of STEM project; SHE Engineer, Invent it, Build It project.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, STEM, programme has been flag off to encourage more women to venture into the sciences.
President of the Association of Professionals Women Engineers in Nigeria (APWEN), Mrs. Fumilola Ojelade said in Lagos, at the start of the STEM programme that the UK Royal Academy of Engineer had provided a grant to carry out the programme; SHE Engineer, Invent it, Build It project.
The grant awarded to APWEN was under the United Kingdom Global Challenges Research Fund (GCFR).
GCFR aims to strengthen engineering bodies in sub – Saharan Africa; promote the profession and increase local engineering capacity to drive development.
Mrs. Ojelade said APWEN’s would endeavor to promote diversity and advocacy for the girl-child to enroll in STEM subjects.
She said over 500 STEM teachers in public secondary schools in the six geo- political zones of the country would be trained to boost their capacity.
Project Director, Dr. Felicia Agubata said the body was on a mission to close gender gap in engineering and change misplaced perceptions of what engineer should look like.
Female students from 10 secondary schools in Lagos attended the flagg off.