African mathematicians commit to promoting girl child education

Thierry Zamahoun, President and CEO of AIMS

Thierry Zamahoun, President and CEO of AIMS

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) have entered into a partnership aimed at promoting gender equality in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education across Africa.

The partnership was cemented with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the opening day of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF), Africa’s first global forum on science, that is taking place in Dakar, Senegal.

This Memorandum of Understanding will serve as a framework for collaboration between AIMS and FAWE to promote gender equality in STEM education at continental and country level. The AIMS-FAWE partnership will increase access and quality of STEM education for girls.

Thierry Zomahoun, President and CEO of AIMS said that through the partnership with FAWE, they will reach more girls across the continent and create enabling environments for them to study and succeed in STEM education.

“Gender equality and inclusion is of vital importance to our work at AIMS, where 30% of all of our graduates are women. we believe that women can and will play a key role in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals if they are given equal access to quality education in the STEM fields; they constitute half of our continent’s brain capacity,” said Zomahoun.

Hendrina Doroba, Executive Director of FAWE said that this partnership will also inform their advocacy engagement with continental and regional policy institutions on women and girls’ participation in STEM Education.

“Mathematical sciences are a key driver for Africa’s transformation and yet there are few students studying mathematics and even fewer girls,” “We are especially excited to work with AIMS to increase exposure to role models and mentors for the girls we work with in the communities and to show them that they too could be Africa’s Next Einstein,” Doroba said.

The African Union Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 name gender equality as a key requirement for sustainable development.

Some key areas of collaboration include integrating gender responsive pedagogy in secondary school teacher training in Cameroon, joint outreach activities to encourage girls to develop an interest in mathematics and science, promoting AIMS students as mentors to FAWE beneficiaries and promoting awareness of successful African women in STEM as role models