‘Bridge for Future to DRC Girls Academy’ will provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering Math) education to disadvantaged girls from DR Congo where education is not easily accessible
Educating girls and women with a STEM curriculum is considered one of the central pillars for an equitable, secure, and sustainable African future. STEM education will help create an African society capable of solving problems that currently hinder social and economic development. This means that there is a need for a new generation of mathematicians, scientists, engineers, architects, economists, hydrologists, environmental planners, statisticians, surveyors and a host of other STEM educated individuals who will be prepared to lead to transformational change in Africa.
African women have been called ‘a powerful untapped economic force’ and are integral in addressing the development challenges that Africa faces. Yet they face gender biases in many social and economic frameworks and are largely ignored in terms of their education. Our goal is to help women fully participate in and benefit from economic opportunities so that they can help safeguard Africa’s future and break the chains of poverty.
The Bridge4Future2DRC Girls Academy program will be implemented in
Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Funding will be used to design and build four classrooms, one office building, and restrooms. This includes purchasing construction materials and equipment.
Three classrooms will be equipped with 30 desks, a whiteboard. The fourth classroom will be a computer lab with 30 computers and desks. The office building be comprised of three rooms and a meeting room. Each room will be equipped with a table, chair, cabinet and computer. The meeting room will have a conference table and a flat-screen TV for video meetings if needed.