Girls In Engineering, Mathematics And Sciences Competition, Cross Rivers State

Girls In Engineering, Mathematics And Sciences Competition, Cross Rivers State

Girls In Engineering, Mathematics And Sciences Competition, Cross Rivers State

By / Gender Base Violence / Sunday, 26 April 2020 16:02

Introduction and Background

Cross River State is in the South South Geopolitical zone of Nigeria. Its capital is Calabar. Its name is derived from River Oyono which passes through the State. English, French, Efik, Bekwarra and Ejagham are languages spoken in the State. Cross River state borders Cameroun in the East.

The first secondary school in Nigeria was established in Calabar the State capital in 1846 and it is called Duke Town Secondary School. Tertiary education in institutions in the State include University of Calabar, Cross River State University of Technology, Arthur Jarvis University, and College of Education in Akamkpa and Federal College of Education in Obudu. Cross River was in the fore of Science Innovations in Secondary School Science projects following the seriousness attached to the Junior Engineers and Technical in Schools – (JETS) Club until 12 years ago in 2007 when these clubs stopped functioning across schools due to loss of interest and lack of funding support.

The United Nations (UN) recognizes that the full participation of women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is integral to achieving gender equality. According to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), globally, women are underrepresented in the field of research and experimental development, which includes STEM fields. Women represent, on average, 29% of the world’s researchers and 35% of global higher education enrollment in STEM fields.

UNESCO suggest that women’s participation in STEM is crucial to achieving not only gender equality, but also “should be considered as crucial means to promote scientific and technological excellence.” The Girls in Engineering, Mathematics and Science (GEMS) Competition is focused on solving problems using scientific principles and theories. All activities are hands-on and incorporate teamwork, innovation and problem solving. The one-day event provided an opportunity for female science students to showcase their understanding of science and mathematics by using it to solve real life problems. There is a recognized shortage of scientific and technical female experts in Nigeria most especially from the Niger Delta. This shortage has affected our ability to come up with scientific and technical breakthroughs in industry. To increase the number of females entering into the science and technical fields, GEMS was created. 

With more women from the Niger Delta engaged in engineering, mathematics and science, the Niger Delta will have already workforce for the oil and related companies. Empowering young girls and encouraging them to take up careers in engineering, mathematics, and science will enable them to be active participants in the development of the Nigeria Delta. It is believed that increased scientific familiarity may encourage girls to consider careers in science, engineering and mathematics and will also help develop better informed scientific citizens. When girls/women get encouraged and empowered, the whole society benefits. We believe that the more girls take up careers in engineering, mathematics and science and use the principles to solve problems, the more they will impact the Niger Delta and make it better. Click here to read the full report.

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