Kinshasa, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC of CONGO
Joyce is the Events and Activities Chair and is one of the g4g Board of Directors. She is based in Kinshasa, DRC where she currently lives and works. She oversees the g4g@Kinshasa day and is in charge of driving the strategy and vision of all our projects in Africa.
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Give a greenlight to girls in Africa!
We have already established that the amount of women choosing science-related careers may be increasing, yet at a very slow rate. This fact is true all over the world, but more so in Africa. In a continent where education is still a challenge and where most of girls do not go to school, science and math are not the priorities. For years, international donors fight and encourage Governments of Sub-Saharan Africa to attend schools. Nevertheless, much work is still to be done.
Greenlight for girls operates in Africa with a mission to encourage girls of all ages to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The team in Africa conducts research on girls in STEM subjects and determines where we can conduct g4g activities to help reach and inspire girls in the region.
In DRC, the first greenlight event were launched on the 12th of November 2011 and gathered more than 13 different schools of Kinshasa and different workshop leaders from various backgrounds and fields of science, math, engineering and technology. This first event created a chain reaction that continues in Africa. Many tell us that our g4g event was the first of its kind in the region!
For 2012, greenlight for girls activities continued in DRC. The first activities was held in March with one local school MOTEMA MPIKO. Girls of this school prepared a small movie of their life in DRC and science through their eyes. They wanted to present themselves and their life and expectations for their future in science. The film will be a major component of greenlight for girls material for girls around the world and particularly for a sister school in USA identified by greenlight for girls board members.
The second project brought togethe girls and ‘la Fédération des femmes de sciences et ingénieures du Congo’. In this small role model workshop, the women lead the welcome to the girls and presented their work through an exhibition.
2012 closed with our second annual greenlight for girls day in Kinshasa -- another opportunity to bring girls in the region together to explore the fun in science!
In Cameroon, we are working on a project in which aims to provide the local schools with science-related books donated by the girls from more privileged countries and communities.
Our aim is to continue to expand our greenlight for girls activities and we are evaluating the following areas: Kenya, Uganda, Mauritius and South Africa
To find out more about our projects and their progress continue to the following links and find out how you can get involved in expanding our African project.