Benignant STEM Innovation Foundation will hold a series of innovative S.T.E.M workshops to teach young women and girls how to build model rockets from Oct. 27 to 29 at the School of Hope in Jocotenango, Guatemala.
The Boston-based foundation is dedicated to increasing STEM education and careers for girls and women in developing countries. Its Young Eagle S.T.E.M Workshops stimulate interest and enthusiasm among girls by showing them how they can put science and math to work with model kits. Donations to help us achieve our mission and for this up-coming “The Young Eagle S.T.E.M Workshop” can be made at https://fundly.com/the-young-eagle-s-t-e-m-workshop
Education for the Children, a U.K.-based charity, will host the workshops at its School of Hope in Guatemala. The country has an illiteracy rate of nearly 25%, the highest in the Americas, and less than 30% of poor rural girls are enrolled in school. The average amount of time a rural Guatemalan child spends in school is a mere four years.
Onyema Ajuogu, an aerospace engineer and founder of the Benignant de Eagle Foundation, believes female S.T.E.M education can have a powerful impact in bridging the gender inequality and reducing poverty in countries such as Guatemala.
“Let’s fuel in a passion in all the young women and girls around the world and see the real change.” Onyema Ajuogu
“In a nation that lacks resources to fund education, young girls wishing to pursue education are up against the countrywide problem of gender inequality,” she said. “Luckily, policy interventions and governmental aid are making progress. UNESCO’s data on women in science indicates that 42% of bachelor’s students in Guatemala are women, while women also make up 43% of the nation’s researchers.”
Most of these female professional researchers work for the government or at academic institutions. They form an important cadre of role models and mentors that Ms. Ajuogu believes can inspire the next generation of Guatemalan girls.
“The number of women who are active in S.T.E.M fields in the nation is encouraging,” Ajuogu said. “In many fields, female participation is hovering near 50%. Increasing women’s access to education in Guatemala and other countries like it would increase the earning capacity of families while creating a skilled labor pool for these countries and critically boosting their economies.”
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About Education for the Children
Education for the Children works to break the cycle of poverty through education. EFTC partners with disadvantaged families, children and young adults in Guatemala to ensure they develop the tools they need to break free from poverty.
About Benignant De Eagle Foundation
Benignant De Eagle Foundation promotes participation in post-secondary education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields by young women and girls from developing countries. The foundation works to encourage and improve girls’ education worldwide through its Young Eagle Fellowships and Young Eagle STEM Workshops.