MORE SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN NEEDED IN SCIENCE-RELATED FIELDS, SAYS MINISTER

JOHANNESBURG, South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says the country needs to overcome the under-representation of women in science-related fields as part of an initiative to enable women to become global agents who influence developments in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Pandor said this when she delivered the keynote address at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) STEM Seminar in Vanderbijlpark, about 70 kilometers here Wednesday. The seminar was attended by hundreds of schoolgirls from Grades 9 to 12, who were motivated and encouraged by established STEM practitioners to pursue careers in these fields.

Pandor said her department had committed itself to establishing a Science Agenda, which forms part of South Africa’s Vision 2030, underwritten in the National Development Plan (NDP). The Agenda is particularly directed towards empowering girls, who are often under-represented in the country, to also become global agents and influencers in STEM.

“We are extremely dedicated as the Department of Science and Technology to promoting a Science Agenda for South Africa, for the continent and the global community as well. We are not limited in our ambition. It’s important that we make young people aware that we have hope they will become global agents of change and development and not merely STEM workers in South Africa … Science has no borders.”

Pandor sharply criticised what she referred to as the skewed perception of STEM fields, often referred to as “too difficult” to pursue. Such perceptions can sometimes instill fear and ultimately deter young people, particularly women, from exploring lucrative careers in science, she said.

Other speakers included chemical engineering lecturer Doctor Taile Leswifi and nursing lecturer in the Faculty of Applied Sciences Dr Monica Sehume, who firmly encouraged the young students to believe in themselves and contribute towards a better South Africa.

The seminar formed part of the university’s Women’s Month celebrations.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

MORE SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN NEEDED IN SCIENCE-RELATED FIELDS, SAYS MINISTER

JOHANNESBURG, South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says the country needs to overcome the under-representation of women in science-related fields as part of an initiative to enable women to become global agents who influence developments in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Pandor said this when she delivered the keynote address at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) STEM Seminar in Vanderbijlpark, about 70 kilometers here Wednesday. The seminar was attended by hundreds of schoolgirls from Grades 9 to 12, who were motivated and encouraged by established STEM practitioners to pursue careers in these fields.

Pandor said her department had committed itself to establishing a Science Agenda, which forms part of South Africa’s Vision 2030, underwritten in the National Development Plan (NDP). The Agenda is particularly directed towards empowering girls, who are often under-represented in the country, to also become global agents and influencers in STEM.

“We are extremely dedicated as the Department of Science and Technology to promoting a Science Agenda for South Africa, for the continent and the global community as well. We are not limited in our ambition. It’s important that we make young people aware that we have hope they will become global agents of change and development and not merely STEM workers in South Africa … Science has no borders.”

Pandor sharply criticised what she referred to as the skewed perception of STEM fields, often referred to as “too difficult” to pursue. Such perceptions can sometimes instill fear and ultimately deter young people, particularly women, from exploring lucrative careers in science, she said.

Other speakers included chemical engineering lecturer Doctor Taile Leswifi and nursing lecturer in the Faculty of Applied Sciences Dr Monica Sehume, who firmly encouraged the young students to believe in themselves and contribute towards a better South Africa.

The seminar formed part of the university’s Women’s Month celebrations.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK