International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations; it is also called the Day of the Girl and the day is celebrated on October 11 every year.
The First Day of the Girl was celebrated in 2012. On Friday the 7th of October, the P-STEM foundation hosted its first “Girls into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) conference.
Our theme for the day was “Empowering women through STEM.’’ We invited 270 ladies from around South Africa, including high school learners, varsity students, graduates and experienced professionals to the Sci-bono discovery centre for a day of networking. This was also the official kick start to our new Thanda STEM programme, where we give all ladies present the opportunity to mentor and to be mentored.
Our key note speaker was none other than Ms’ Mary- Jane Morifi who gave our girls boundless words of encouragement. We were also fortunate enough to have Shirley Motaung for women in science, Jeanette and Candice of Dell EMC for the women in technology. Camille Agon of ‘We think code’ and Professor Bea Lacquet to mention a few.
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