Women Engineers Pakistan Team from Lahore College For Women University - Official worked wonders in their first School STEM Outreach session of 2017 for WEP's "Science for Progress" program. Check out http://www.womenengineers.pk/schools for more!
This week the Women Engineers Pakistan NUST-PNEC Karachi Campus Ambassadors visited the Fazal ur Rehman Govt. Girls Secondary School in Karachi. The students were engaged in an interactive career counseling session, where the basic theme was motivation to continue to pursue higher education, and the various career streams available in the modern world. The students were also informed about the various resources available within Pakistan and beyond for their educational progress.
WEP Science for Progress: Members form WEP Sindh Chapter visited APWA School in Unit no. 8, Latifabad Hyderabad. An introduction to science & its various applications was made to the girls of class 10th. A brief quiz was also conducted. The talent girls here showed strengthens our belief in our country's children. With just a little guidance, these girls have potential to do wonders!!
Members of our WEP Punjab Team gathered on February 19th 2015 at Aisha Girls High School, Gujranwala to begin our mission "Science for Progress" aiming to promote female education and constructive growth of the women of Pakistan. The teachers and staff cooperated with the team and provided us with their Assembly Hall. The team received good feedback from them afterwards too.
The session started with Tilawat e Quran-e-Pak, done by an 8th class girl, at 12.30 pm. The girls were of class 7th, 8th and some were of 6th too, total strength was almost more than 140 girls and mostly were very talented and confident. The presentation focused mainly on introducing Science & Engineering to the girls, who seemed to almost have no idea about it. The session ended at 1.30 pm. At the end a little quiz period was conducted and 5 winners were given prizes by the Team. If neither Engineering nor any other Technology program they will be at-least willing to study, plan and work ahead, for themselves and for their beloved Pakistan.
The second session was held by WEP Sindh was at the Muslim Foundation School, also located in the vicinity of Nazimabad Block 1. The same pattern was followed for this session as before; starting with simple questions about their interests and goals and followed by the presentation and a quiz. Compared to the government school girls, the number of girls willing to pursue a professional career was much more here. But engineering was still quite a new prospect for them. The hour and a half long session explained engineering and the benefits of female education with creative and relatable examples of the everyday world.
The sessions were on the whole a great success! The motto was to convince the girls to study, contribute and then soar high in the skies. The team was given immense praise by both the schools and the principal of the Muslim Foundation School even requested another such session.
Members of the Women Engineers Pakistan (WEP Sindh) gathered past Saturday, January 24th, 2015 to mark the beginning of their mission “Science for Progress” aiming to promote female education and professional growth of the women of Pakistan.
The first session held at the Rashid Minhas Shaheed Government School, located in the suburbs of Nazimabad Block 1, Karachi. Like most government schools, it was void of the perks of maintenance and security. However, the entire staff was vigilant and punctual. The session started at 8:30 am and continued for an hour and half. The WEP team had made all the necessary preparations for the session and a simple and easy to grasp presentation was in line for the girls. The presentation focused mainly on introducing Engineering to the girls, who seemed to have little or no idea about it prior to the session. When first asked, “How many of you want to become engineers?,” the girls were hesitant and hardly 5-6 rose their hands. The presentation comprised the basics of engineering, its branches, applications and living examples of women excelling in the fields of sciences and technology. The girls responded very well; clapping, laughing and answering questions with commendable confidence.
The presentation was followed by a brief question-answer session and then a quiz, the winners of which were given prizes by the team. The girls answered them all right and the result was a draw between the two teams. Their response to the quiz was absolutely amazing! At the end, they were again asked if and what they will be studying in the future and truth be told, the presentation had obviously left them motivated and better educated! If not engineering, they at least were now willing to do something for the country and themselves.
For Schools, Career guidance is facilitated through:
Students generally rely on their parents, teachers, peers and most frequently their academic performance for streamlining their career path. We at the WEP Career Coaching Cell make them recognize their aptitude in various different fields and help them align their strengths with their passions. Our model works around the following algorithm:
Personality + Ability + Interest = Most Favorable Career Choice
• Motivation Checks:
Within the age bracket of 15 – 18 years, a child’s motivation is easily impressionable. We nurture their enthusiasm into responsibility towards society, helping the students embark upon a journey that eventually pans out to help build Pakistan.
• Soft Skill enhancements:
We constantly tell students that whereas academic zeniths are undoubtedly important, interpersonal skills are just as central in achieving success. We work on distinguishing the students’ natural prodigy and help them polish their soft skills in a way that boosts their confidence.
• Academic attention:
Certain students face difficulties in academic advancement. We work on probing the most effective ways to study for every individual student. However, this is a separately designed module which spans over a week and incorporates both teachers and students in a classroom set.
• Motivating School Girls towards STEM:
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields face a gaping dearth of female participation. Much of this is due to stereotypical shackles that STEM fields are too difficult for girls to practice. In order to facilitate their participation in Science & Technology and consequently incorporate their contribution in the nation’s progress, we help female students think out-of-the box by opening up new vistas of wonderful possibilities in STEM.
— at Govt. Practicing Girls High School, Township Lahore
— at Govt. Girls High School, 5BI - Township Lahore
— at The Daffodils School, Lahore Cantt
— at Govt. Girls High School, 2DI - Township, Lahore