This is due to the fact that women always avoid science subjects, many believe that subjects were made for men and only the brightest ones.
Young scientists who have just completed their apprenticeship program at Seregeti Breweries Limited (SBL) revealed that science is for everyone and a student should not be afraid to pursue as the opportunities are not very competitive in relation to commercial and human matters.
They said that most girls are confident and competent, but many drop out upon graduation due to the idea that science is for male students.
One of the beneficiaries of the programme, Lydia Mastocka, BSC in food science and technology from Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), said that it helped to believe that women are equal to men and that other can do more than men.
“Recognizing the contributions of young women to science is essential, as many of us are competent and confident to undertake scientific work,” she says.
“Many of us are capable of new discoveries and have the knowledge to apply tools. For me, coming to SBL gave me confidence in my career. I will be forever grateful to SBL for supporting me all the way.
Another Beneficiary of Dar Es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) Pursuing BSC in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering Catherine Kagengere said: “I think the best way to close the gender gap in science is for us young women to keep believing more in ourselves.”
She said girls need to overcome the stigma that women are less competent than men.
“I challenge all young women around the world to move and study science. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to work at SBL,” she said.
The STEM Apprentice program, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, encourages women to pursue and progress in careers in these fields.
The aim is to bridge the societal divide that exists due to the fact that men outnumber young women in scientific fields, according to SBL.
According to Saraphine Mwamaso, SBL rebranding manager, the STEM apprentice program aims to hire more young female scientists.
“Our company has identified a disparity in science for women and girls, and this action plan aims to alleviate this problem,” she explained.
“As a society, we recognize the value of equality, as well as the value of helping communities that are still lagging behind. “We saw a need to invest in science, and our target audience was young women.”
The SBL program aligns with the government’s campaign to increase the number of young women pursuing careers in science by increasing the number of girls’ science schools across the country.
The program involves employing a large number of ambitious young women with a bachelor’s degree or higher or equivalent in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, mechanical engineering, food science and technology to work for the company for a year.
According to Saraphina Mwamaso, SBL Brand Change Manager, since its inception in 2020, the STEM program has recruited ten young female scientists from various colleges in Tanzania.
“This program has also uplifted and enlightened young women through mentoring and coaching. We hope to improve and strengthen gender diversity within SBL, particularly in the offering, by developing an inclusive talent pool,” she said.