Bridging the STEM Gender Gap: GE and JA Africa’s Initiative Empowers Senegalese Girls

GE and JA Africa, in collaboration with Consortium Jeunesse Senegal, successfully hosted the GE Girls in STEM program, a two-day event aimed at inspiring and educating Senegalese girls about the exciting world of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Taking place in Dakar, the program provided 53 girls with invaluable insights into the possibilities and opportunities within the STEM fields.

The GE Girls in STEM program featured a wide range of engaging activities over the two days, with a focus on empowerment, mentorship, and hands-on learning experiences. The first day included inspiring sessions with Women in STEM who shared their stories to inspire the girls to take up STEM careers. The girls learned about leadership and finding success in the very male-dominated STEM industry. On the second day, the girls embarked on a field trip to the SENALEC Cap des Biches Power Plant. This eye-opening excursion allowed them to witness firsthand the intricacies of the power generation process, from cutting-edge technology to environmental sustainability practices. The visit not only ignited the girls’ curiosity but also provided them with a tangible understanding of STEM careers in energy and related industries.

The participants had the opportunity to listen and interact with panelists from the STEM sector, they were:

  • Dr. Rose Ndong Mme DIAO is Head of the Oil and Gas Development Strategy Unit at the Permanent Secretariat of COS Petrogaz (Comité d’Orientation Stratégique du Pétrole et du Gaz).
  • Mariama Faye, Gestionnaire des Ressources Humaines, Chargée de La Communication Interne Du BOS (Bureau Operations et Suivi) PSE
  • Fatimata Agne Field Engineer for Cased Hole Completions and Intelligent Production Systems Baker Hughes
  • Adja Aminata MBENGUE Sustainable Development | Drones for development | Youth projects | Entrepreneurship
  • Ousmane Ndoye, President & Managing Director of GE Senegal
  • Amadou Dia Ly, Country Manager, JA in Senegal

Simi Nwogugu, CEO of JA Africa said, “With GE’s support, we are paving the path for African girls to conquer STEM fields. We believe that when we invest in their dreams, we invest in Africa’s future.”

The collaboration between GE and JA Africa underscores the commitment of these organizations to promote gender equality in STEM fields. In recent years, both organizations have joined forces to empower hundreds of girls in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Senegal. By engaging, inspiring, and educating young girls, this initiative aims to bridge the gender gap that has persisted in STEM industries and empower the next generation of female African scientists, engineers, and innovators. The impact of this initiative will extend beyond the two days of activities, inspiring the girls to dream big and unearth their boundless potential.

About JA Africa:

JA Africa is one of Africa’s largest and most-impactful youth-serving NGOs. JA Africa’s mission is to prepare Africa’s youth for the future of jobs. Through the delivery of hands-on, blended learning in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, we empower young people to grow their entrepreneurial ideas, hone their work skills, manage their earnings, and secure better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. JA Africa has a presence in 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and collectively reaches over 390,000 youth in more than 3,000 schools each year. Learn more at www.ja-africa.org

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