Women Engineers Pakistan team from LUMHS Jamshoro recently collaborated with Ilm-o-Neroon, an organization seeking "to start informed conversation on educational issues of Hyderabad and Sindh". By virtue of this collaboration, both the organizations partnered to conduct STEM Outreach 10 sessions in schools of Hyderabad and adjacent areas.
Sessions 4 and 5 were conducted in Government Girls High School, Himayatul Islam. These sessions followed a similar trend as previous outreach events conducted in various other schools across Hyderabad city. First, WEP team introduced the concept of "STEM" to young students. Lack of awareness and rhetorical stereotyping of STEM careers are some of the major causes of gender disparity within the field. These outreach sessions sensitize young female students to such stereotypes, directly working to dispel fear of STEM subjects, and make them seem more doable to young girls. After this, a vast list of female role models from Pakistan were shared in pictorial form, each time giving a small briefing about these women's lives, and their adherence to a mission of achievement. This section, termed as "Bari ho ker Kia Banogi?" (What do you want to become when you grow up?) was a game-changer as it opened the young minds to the many career streams that STEM fields and higher education can open for them. Ilm-o-Neroon Founder Rohaina Malik actively helped facilitate these sessions.
These interactive sessions aims to open the minds of young girls to the boundless opportunities afforded to them via STEM fields. The idea is to instigate an ambition within women and girls in Pakistan to not fall prey to cultural and patriarchal constraints, rather pursue modern higher education so that they too can play a role to catalyze progress for Pakistan.