Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

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Key Information

Many girls in sub-Saharan Africa do not participate significantly or perform well in Mathematics, Science and Technology subjects. This situation becomes more pronounced as the level of education increases and a combination of factors perpetuate the imbalance. These factors include cultural practices and attitudes and biased teaching and learning materials. FAWE developed its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) model to increase and sustain access, interest, participation and performance of girls in STEM subjects at all levels. The model trains teachers to adopt and use STEM curricula, teaching and learning materials and classroom practices that are gender-responsive. It involves not only teachers but education planners, curriculum developers, publishers and women leaders, and sensitises parents and stakeholders on the importance of girls’ participation in STEM. The Science, Mathematics and Technology model was initiated in 2005 and has been introduced in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe. Over 15,000 students have benefited from FAWE’s STEM programme since 2005.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Sub-Saharan Africa

Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Eswatini, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2005 -


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation



Not applicable or unknown

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Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Teacher training


  • STEM

Cross-cutting areas

  • Gender equality
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Teachers - female, Teachers - male


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School Enrolment Status

All in school

School Level

Not applicable or unknown

Other populations reached

  • Community leaders
  • Girls in school

Participants include

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Program Approaches Back to Top

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • STEM - in the classroom

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

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Cross-cutting goals

  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms