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Specialist academics for pure sciences, know-how, engineering and arithmetic are educated in Lomé – Togo-Presse

Since November 15, 2022, a regional training workshop on effective and gender-sensitive teaching in natural sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (MINT) has been taking place in Lomé. Initiated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in collaboration with the Department of Basic, Secondary, Technical and Craft Education, this training aims to encourage hands-on experimentation, with a focus on robotics, artificial Intelligence and 3D lies. This for STEM education that takes gender aspects into account.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) new vision is to encourage more young Africans to study science, technology and engineering. This vision marks the beginning of a phase in the problem of science education that combines theory and practice. In this context, a regional training workshop on effective and gender-sensitive teaching in natural sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics has been taking place in Lomé since November 15, 2022. For three days, the participants, consisting of teachers, teacher trainers and policy makers from 8 countries, namely: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo, will get acquainted with new technological tools. The training takes place in two phases. The first phase, held online August 23-25, trained attendees to code with Scratch, the mobile application with Appinventor, create an object with Tinkercad, and discover the Coglabs app. The second phase, face to face, is the current session, the agenda of which includes several topics: ” the role of STEM and science literacy in achieving the SDGs, “Achieving efficient STEM and science literacy”, “Practical methods for effective STEM education”, Training in artificial intelligence and robotics, as well as ” Gender Equality in STEM “. Several practical works are also planned, in particular the installation and discovery of the Cura and Tinkercad applications of the FLSUN Delta 3D printer; testing and problem-solving through 3D printing, etc.

Underrepresentation of girls in science education

On this occasion, referring to the issue of gender equity in STEM subjects, the Secretary General of the National Commission for UNESCO, Mr. Agbo Michel, suggested that more and more girls are getting an education today. However, they often do not have the same opportunities as boys when it comes to school qualifications and choice of education. For him, social norms and expectations influence the quality of education and subjects. Mr Agbo said they are particularly underrepresented in science, engineering, technical and math classes and thus in STEM careers. This gap between girls and boys is all the more worrisome given that STEM careers are seen as drivers of innovation, job creation, social well-being, inclusive growth and sustainable development. In this regard, Mr. Agbo Michel said that the Togolese Commission for UNESCO has always supported girls by regularly organizing science camps to motivate the best to enter scientific fields.

Mr Wodomé Kojovi, Dean of the General Inspectorate for Education, opened the procedure on behalf of the Minister in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, noting that the fulfillment of Goal 1 of Agenda 2063 of UNESCO of Africa requires significant investments in the field of education. This to develop its human and social capital through an education and skills revolution with a focus on innovation, science and technology. For him it is therefore urgently necessary to place the experimental method back at the center of scientific teaching and learning. In this sense, several challenges remain to be overcome, the most important of which is to train STEM teachers for quality education. Which, according to Mr. Wodomé Kojovi, will increase the number of students in STEM subjects and at the same time the number of boys and girls in scientific professions.

Firmin DEFALEONA

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