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  • > Girls and science: a training module on motivating girls to embark on science and technology careers - Updated: 31-07-2006 11:56 am
    Girls and science training module.gif The overall aim of this new module is to help reduce gender disparities in the field of science and technology in Africa as well as to provide women with the possibility of embarking upon science careers in the quest of self-dependence and poverty reduction.


    With women accounting for more than 50% of the world population, achieving gender parity is an issue of global concern. The under-representation and under-achievement of girls in science and technology subjects can be seen as a serious inefficiency in educational systems in countries whose development depends crucially on the generation of human technological capacity. This is the case in most African countries.


    To achieve gender parity in science and technology education (STE), it was important not only to motivate the girls themselves but also to address the surrounding socio-cultural and economic factors as well. And to the extent that in a rapidly globalising world it is the economic factor which is of overriding importance, it is essential to demonstrate the practical utility of STE if girls are to be encouraged to opt for science studies.


    Published by UNESCO, 2006, specific objectives of Girls and science: a training module on motivating girls to embark on science and technology careers include:

    1. Promoting a positive image of women in scientific and technological careers;

    2. Sensitizing parents, teachers, educators, school administrative staff, curriculum developers and trainers to counter gender stereotypes with regard to science careers;

    3. Improving access of girls to scientific and technological education by providing clear ideas of career opportunities;

    4. Providing teachers with the necessary career guidance tools to meet the needs of female learners seeking careers in science and technology.


    You may down-load this publication from PDF file below.  

    For more information contact: Julia Heiss, Programme Specialist, Science and Technology Education, UNESCO, 7, place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, Tel. +331 45681036, e-mail

    Education for All by 2015
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