Forum for African Women Educationalists - Uganda Chapter

"21 Years of Enhancing Girls' and Women's Education for Development" FAWE Uganda 1997-2018

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OUR VISION:

A country in which all girls and women have access to equitable quality education that enables them to effectively participate in development at all levels.

OUR MISSION:

To promote gender equity and equality in Education in Uganda by influencing policies and nurturing positive practices and attitudes towards girls’ education. 

CORE VALUES:

  • Respect
  • Professionalism
  • Accountability
  • Results Oriented
  • Continuous lifelong Learning

INTER-SCHOOL REGIONAL SCIENCE AND INNOVATION COMPETITIONS

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Mrs. Susan Opok Tumusiime, the FAWE Uganda Executive Director awarding Students and Teachers from Kurugutu Secondary School for their outstanding performance during the science competitions. Right – Mrs. Atim Mugenyi, FAWE Uganda Board Chairperson and the Head Teacher of Bwerangangi Girls S.S.

On 16th - 23rd March, 2019 Forum for African Women Educationalists Uganda Chapter (FAWEU) held Inter-school regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Competitions with a major objective of improving girl’s participation, interest and performance in STEM subjects at secondary school level; and motivating them to take-up science careers.

The competitions aimed at promoting students creativity, innovation and improving their practical skills in addressing community problems through application of STEM concepts in their everyday lives. It also equipped them with life skills including; time management, teamwork and critical thinking that are vital in any career.

The Chief Guest, Dr. Jamila Nabukenya who doubles as the Surgeon at Mbarara Referral Hospital and Lecturer at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, thanked students for developing innovations focused on addressing societal needs. “To have a successful future, you need to work hard and accomplish your studies. You are all winners, what you need to do is, return to your respective schools and improve on your innovations and earn a living from them. You also need to seek God first, listen and learn more from each other through experience sharing.”

Mrs. Atim Mugenyi, FAWE Uganda Board Chairperson expressed that, “We are implementing this program with the objective of changing the world and make it a better place through using science to address community problems affecting people.” She added that, “I am a scientist and a former head teacher who taught biology for over 30 years. I do encourage you to work hard, offer sciences and become great innovators in future. You need to aim higher; work hard and the sky will be the limit.”

The FAWE Uganda Executive Director, Mrs. Susan Opok Tumusiime urged learners to challenge themselves, “Exploit your full potential and opportunities by applying what you learnt in class to address every day challenges. Science is the way to go, just like boys; girls can perform well too in sciences. As young women, we don’t want to be left behind. We need to work hard, make great friends, who can support us improve our lives. We need to critically analyze situations and develop scientific solutions addressing them.” She emphasized that, “Participants coming from different schools need to learn from each other, share experiences and apply what they have learnt to build a better Uganda.”

STEM competitions were held in all four regions of Uganda. Central region’s overall best and first runners-up was Mt. of Olives College Kakiri with the Solar Box Heater and Automated Light Sensor’, 2nd runners-up Mityana Secondary School with the Local Blender Machine.

Northern region, over all best and 1st runners up – Y. Y. Okot (Distance Measuring Wheel & A Solar Charcoal Cooler) and 2nd runners up - Munni Girls Combined Cassava and Cooking Saw Dust Stove. Karamoja over all best was St. Catherine S.S with Combined Processor, 1st runners up Kangole SS – Converting cow dung into energy source and 2nd runners-up Morulem Girls School with a locally Made Cloth Washing Machine.

Semiliki S.S topped Western region with a Vacuum Cleaner, followed by Karugutu SS - hand washing Station and Kyebambe Girls Homemade lift pump. Wanyange Girls led the East with both Elimination of bad smell using IMO &Local Construction Bridge; it was followed by Iganga Girls SS with the Hydraulic Excavator.

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A student from Mt. of Olives College Kakiri presenting to the judges, how her locally made Irrigation Pump Spray innovation works during the Inter- School Science Competitions in Central Uganda.

The schools with the best innovations from the regional competitions will feature in the national competitions, where the best will represent Uganda at the continental African level competitions.

The competitions were attended by 40 partner schools across the country. Central region exhibitions hosted at Mt. of Olives College Kakiri and attended by 9 schools including - St Maria Goretti Katende, Kitante Hill School and Mityana Secondary School; Northern region   7 schools - St Mary's College Lacor, Jubillee 2000 Secondary School and Muni Girls Secondary School - event hosted at Y.Y Okot Memorial School; 6 Karamoja region schools including Moroto High School, St Katherine Girls S.S and Katakwi High School were hosted at Kangole Girls SS, Eastern- Iganga Girls Secondary School, Wanyange Girls School and Sebei College Tegeres were hosted at Tororo Girls SS and Western Uganda - St Mary's Secondary School Rushoroza, St Theresa Girls School Nsenyi and Immaculate Girls School were hosted at Bwerangangi Girls S.S. The competitions were attended by School Administrators, Teachers, STEM Club members, students, and representative from parents, district officials and school management committees.

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Areas of Focus

- Tertiary and Higher Education Scholarships

- Secondary Education Scholarships

- Child Protection

- Science and Innovation

- Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

- Combating Gender Based Violence

- Skills Development and Livelihoods

- Economic Empowerment for Vulnerable Groups

- Research and Advocacy

- Service delivery for teenage and child mothers

- Mentorship and Gender Responsive Pedagogy

- Capacity Building for cross section of stakeholders and strengthening Structures

Strategic Objectives

- Improving the level of gender responsiveness in Education Sector policies for girls and women

- Enhancing adoption and integration of positive gender pedagogy practices at school level

- Increasing access, retention and completion rates for girls in school and all levels of education

- Strengthening institutional capacity for efficient and effective service delivery.