Science and Technology for Girls in South Sudan


"Women in underdeveloped regions  face cultural barriers to participating in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. More women enroll in arts and social sciences programs than they do in STEM programs. The disparity in enrollment is largely due to the social structures that push women away from these fields. Female participation in STEM occupations is also negatively affected by societal beliefs about the appropriate roles of women and the expectation that women will live in a traditional, domestic lifestyle. These attitudes are compounded by perceived differences in the ability for men and women to thrive in the workplace that are reinforced in schools. Barriers exist for women looking to better their economic prospects by participating in STEM programs. The aforementioned cycle of discrimination will be left unbroken without a disruption at the grassroots level. Marial Bai Secondary School has acted as the catalyst for progressive change for women in South Sudan by providing students an equal opportunity to learn STEM subjects.

Promoting equality through coeducational learning is central to the philosophy of Marial Bai Secondary School (MBSS). Students of both genders are able to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities that have vocational applications. The girls are encouraged to participate in all areas of training, including radio and technology repair, woodworking, which are traditionally limited to male students."

Read more in our recent Girls' Globe Article.

Yvonne Chen