Stimulating Curiosity in Science
I am Science
A major contributor to the gender digital divide is inequitable access to education for girls - and this gap has increased in developing countries since 2013. With the "I Am Science" project, we are introducing a video-sharing app that offers step by step instructions for doing fun, safe and easy science activities at home, and the chance to be rewarded with data and airtime.
Aimed at early high school girls in disadvantaged urban areas, the project aims to promote curiosity in science and critical thinking among future generations. I Am Science contributes towards the #eskills4girls initiative, which has been identified as one of the G20 deliverables and seeks to empower women and girls for the digital transformation.
Only when Africa addresses its massive science and technology skills shortage can it achieve sustainable economic and social development. But this shortage will remain as long as the gender disparity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) does. Only about 39% of science researchers in South Africa are women. Globally, this figure is even worse and stands at 30%. These figures can be attributed to the many barriers society sets in front of women in their pursuit of science careers such as family-caring and the perpetuation of damaging gender stereotypes.
“I Am Science” combines exciting science activities, video and digital learning in a two-week programme which is rolled out at different schools. By creating entertaining and accessible science videos, presented by girls, the project hopes to increase curiosity in science and shift perceptions about girls in science. As American activist Marian Wright Edelman said, “You can't be what you can't see”.
The project will expand into other African countries in 2018.
Click here to visit the project website.
I Am Science is realised within the initiative “Digital Access To Knowledge”. Digital Access to Knowledge is a project by the Goethe-Institut South Africa with financial support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), implemented by the Goethe-Institut and supported by GIZ.