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