Projects Female Empowerment
Our MINT project continues: on January 25 and 26, 2023, a MINT empowerment workshop on the topic of "Green Energy" took place at the Fichte Gymnasium in Hagen. This workshop was preceded by a pilot project at Heinrich Heine Gymnasium, which was so successful last year that the Karl Kolle Foundation decided to offer it to other schools. This is because girls are still underrepresented in the STEM field and feel less addressed by STEM projects than boys. Once again, the Karl Kolle Foundation provided the funding for this workshop and it was organized by COGNOS International.
This workshop, specially designed for young girls in grades 7-9, offered 17 schoolgirls the opportunity to playfully explore the topic of renewable energies using experimental kits. From water and wind power to solar energy, the girls were able to set up several experiments and test their functions.
For example, an LED was made to glow by means of a moving water wheel, and a small solar vehicle powered by radiant energy rolled through the classroom. Short films and exciting quizzes completed the two workshop days, which will be followed by a visit to the women's project laboratory at the FH Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts. The three most successful participants will each receive an experimental kit as a gift at the end of the workshop.
Until the summer of 2023, the workshop will take place in 5 more schools in the Karl Kolle Foundation's funding area.
Quote Female Empowerment
In Burkina Faso, the status of women is still despised, yet women need to be empowered regardless of their social role. An empowered woman is a fulfilled woman. Don't we say that woman is the mother of society? For a fulfilled society let's promote the empowerment of our woman.
"I have learned a lot about decision making, stress management and delegation. I also became more aware of my weaknesses and areas for improvement. There were many tools for decision making, and I'm glad I was lucky enough to be a part of it the participants for this session. We are all grateful!"
Dolores Neya, Burkina Institute of Technology
Our weekly Female Empowerment Session with 70 female students from the Burkina Institute of Technology. We meet in our hybrid classroom, where we share ideas on very different topics (including Work-Life Balance, Women in Leadership Decision Making, and more). The program offers different formats of group work, lectures and peer-to-peer learning through presentations by other girls and women from Africa. We have already had the pleasure of welcoming many women's rights activists as guests, including the Ambassador of Lesotho, H.E. Senator Barbara Masupha. The training is a joint project with the Stern Stewart Institute.