Insurance Brokerage firm Minet Kenya has collaborated with Laja Trust to mentor girls aged 7 – 14 from Mukuru-kwa-Reuben slums through activities involving learning, counseling and training and wellness program.
“Sports is one of the most influential tools that we have found that brings people any backgrounds together and knits a bond. We believe that football mentorship camps provide the opportunity to share and work with developing footballers by giving them the chance to learn, play and compete in a fun, safe and positive environment,” Laja Trust Director, Steve Ngunyi.
Minet also partnered with the Logos Scholarship Fund an initiative of the Nairobi Chapel designed to provide life skills that revolves around ‘spirituality, physical & and psychosocial development, academic excellence and relational intelligence, positive community impact, through transformational education.
“We hold these scholars’ days to help in tracking spiritual, academic and socio-emotional progress of the students and being listened to by a mentor and we thank Minet for her support for the mentorship program,” Beatrice Muriu of Logos Scholarship Fund said.
Mentorship for science and technology
To realize the success of the above initiatives, Minet collaborated with the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) Kenya, to encourage female students to take up science and technology related courses.
“For a long time, female students shied away from sciences and mathematics, primarily considered a man’s subjects, but we are encouraged by the number of women getting into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We hope this mentorship program with OWSD will bring a lot more women into the field of sciences,” said Minet Chief Executive Officer Sammy Muthui.
OWSD Kenya is a non-profit non-governmental organization affiliated with OWSD International, a program unit of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The aim of OWSD Kenya is to increase the participation of women in Kenya in scientific and technological research, teaching and leadership; promote the recognition of the scientific and technological achievements of women scientists and technologists in Kenya; and promote collaboration among women scientists and technologists in Kenya.
“Our aim is to increase access of women in Kenya to the socio-economic benefits of science and technology and to promote their participation in the development of this country,” said Dr. Patriciah Wambugu, OWSD Kenya Chairperson.
UNESCO figures indicate that the representation of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Kenya is still very low. Figures from the Commission for University Education also indicate that less than a third of university students enrolled in STEM courses are women.