Oracle Academy participates in dialogue honoring Girls in Science Day in Tanzania

February 15, 2024 | 2 minute read
Jane Richardson
Senior Regional Director, Oracle Academy, EMEA
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In a significant collaboration between the Tanzanian Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Vijana Think Tank STEM advocates in Tanzania, stakeholders convened for a pre-learning dialogue on February 7, 2024, to mark the Ninth International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The discussions aimed to address the gender gap in STEM fields and cultivate a future of sustainability by empowering women's leadership in science.

The Vijana Think Tank organization, a non-profit entity, envisions a world where young people are provided with pathways to opportunities and a sustainable future. It actively engages young people to develop creative solutions that shape and nurture a sustainable future.

The dialogue considered whether lack of supporting initiatives alone hinders the promotion of girls and women in STEM and explored potential avenues for providing women with more opportunities by creating additional STEM initiatives. The panelists recognized that while supporting initiatives is crucial, it is not the sole solution. There was a consensus on the need for a multifaceted approach that includes creating tailored STEM initiatives for girls and women, addressing systemic barriers such as bias and unequal access, and fostering inclusive environments. The dialogue highlighted the importance of mentorship programs, collaboration between public and private sectors, and collaborations with education technology initiatives like Oracle Academy in driving meaningful change.

Recommendations to make the community an active part of the process included raising awareness about the importance of gender diversity in STEM fields and engaging with schools, universities, industry leaders, and policymakers. Participants emphasized the need to involve men as allies in efforts to support women and girls in STEM, recognizing their crucial role in driving progress and challenging societal norms.

Drawing inspiration from initiatives in Kenya and South Africa, participants identified practical strategies that could be replicated in Tanzania. Lessons from Oracle Academy initiatives supporting women and girls in STEM, such as free access to full curriculum and learning resources, a career center for students, professional development opportunities for educators, and access to technology resources, were highlighted as valuable contributions to bridging the gender gap in STEM education and empowering future generations of female leaders in science and technology.

By sharing best practices and learning from each other's experiences, Tanzania aims to accelerate progress in supporting women and girls in STEM and pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable future.

Oracle Academy provides educators with free technology resources tailored for teaching and learning purposes. These encompass curriculum materials, learning resources, Oracle Cloud technologies, Oracle APEX, a diverse array of software, comprehensive support, professional development opportunities, and access to professional certification resources.

Through collaborations with educators worldwide, spanning universities, colleges, technical schools, and secondary institutions, we empower the future generation of technology innovators, disruptors, and leaders by equipping them with essential digital skills and hands-on experience, propelling them towards successful and fulfilling careers.

Jane Richardson

Senior Regional Director, Oracle Academy, EMEA

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