U.S. Ambassador Announces USD $19,970 Grant to Promote STEM Education; Mentorship for Rwandan Girls

Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles with alumnae of the U.S. government’s TechWomen

U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica J. Barks-Ruggles today announced the award of a $19,970 grant to support mentorship and opportunities for adolescent girls to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The grant, made possible through the U.S. Department of State’s Mission Driven Alumni Outreach fund, will be implemented by Rwandan alumnae of the U.S. government’s TechWomen exchange program.

The TechWomen’s initiative, which is entitled “Inspire, Connect, and Innovate,” will benefit 120 teenage girls in five schools across Rwanda. After being exposed to hands-on STEM projects during the school year by their alumnae mentors, the girls will come together for a week-long camp featuring high-quality STEM instruction and activities. At the end of the week, they will prepare and present social entrepreneurship projects related to mobile applications, electronics and electricity. The winning teams will receive prizes and additional mentoring to further the development of their project concepts.

This project will build on the success of the TechWomen’s January 2016 “Next Generation of Women in STEM” camp, which was held at Gashora Girls Academy and introduced 100 young women to computer programming and robotics.