As part of their science mentorship program, Girls in Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (Gi-STEAM) network conducted motivational talks with students at Chilunga CDSS and Chichiri CDSS in Zomba.
Speaking to YONECO FM online one of the founders of the organization and chemistry lecturer at Chancellor College Chikondi Shaba said they are currently working on an academic paper to inform relevant authorities on the needs of schools in promoting uptake of science among learners.
Shaba also made the revelation on the sidelines of the international day of women and girls in science which falls on 11 February every year.
According to her, there is need for more investments in science for women and girls to advance in this career.
“We are not doing enough as a country and this affects participation of women and girls in science most schools do not have laboratories and classrooms are inadequate so these are issues that need to be looked into and acted on.”
Through the science mentorship program learners in secondary schools meet females in the science field who act as role models and motivate the secondary school girl’s efforts in science.
This year the international day of women and girls in science is being commemorated under the theme “Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth”.