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 Education
 Botswana
Project #27328

STEM Education in Botswana: Girls Getting Geeky

by Stepping Stones International

Summary

Stepping Stones International plans to offer STEM education to orphaned and vulnerable girls ages 12-25 through our partnership with Design Squad Global. This project will allow us to expand STEM activities to all five centers and will provide a meal for all participants.
$5,000.00
total goal
$1,374.00
remaining
15
days

Challenge

Vulnerable youth in Botswana lose their childhood at a young age. Up to 40% of all orphans are aged 12-17 years old. As a result, many, especially girls, become caregivers which increases the likelihood that they obtain inadequate health care, are not protected from sexual exploitation and lose focus on education. In addition, Botswana faces a significant shortage of women educated in science, engineering, technology and math.

Solution

SSI provides year long, daily after-school programming (including school holidays) which includes STEM activities that foster innovation and empower girls to solve real-world problems and understand the impact of engineering in their local community and in a global context. By helping youth develop design process skills and apply them to different engineering challenges, we not only address a large gap in girls' education but also teach youth how to apply those tools to their own lives.

Long-Term Impact

One of the most urgent priorities facing our world is to ensure access to quality education for girls in every country, especially STEM education. An educated girl is healthier, delays marriage, has healthier children and reinvests in her family and community. Our long-term goal is to see an increase in the percentage of girls who complete secondary school and go on to either attend college or secure employment.

Resources

https:/​/​www.steppingstonesintl.org
SSI website

Organization Information

Stepping Stones International

Location: Salt Lake Cty, UT - USA
Website: https:/​/​www.steppingstonesintl.org
Project Leader:
Angie Roberts
Salt Lake Cty, UT United States
March 2017 Accelerator
Donations: $3,626 raised ($5,000 needed)
 
Donors: 37 (40 needed)
 
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