Although you’re doubtless familiar with the new emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in US schools and youth programming, you might be wondering how other countries are faring in this regard. Unsurprisingly, the nations that stand to benefit most from robust STEM industries often struggle the most to implement education programs to support them. This is particularly true in the world’s least wealthy countries, such as those in sub-Saharan Africa. Here’s what you should know about STEM learning in Uganda.

Why STEM Education Is Essential for Uganda’s Future

Currently, the youth unemployment rate in Uganda is a staggering 64%-70%, while completion rates for secondary (high school) and tertiary (undergraduate) education are among the lowest in the world. In addition, secondary school and college graduates often don’t receive practical education or training in STEM subjects. As the world becomes increasingly mechanized, digitized, and energy-conscious in the 21st century, STEM subjects are among the most essential for attaining high levels of career and socioeconomic success.

In addition to preparing Uganda’s young people for lucrative jobs that can support them and their families, STEM programs equip future workers and entrepreneurs to improve the quality of life in their communities and beyond. Technological and engineering innovations are needed to resolve national challenges related to human wellness, such as stable roads, water sanitation, disease prevention and treatment, crop optimization, reliable energy infrastructure, and more. In short, improving STEM education is imperative for Uganda’s future.

Why STEM Education Is Essential for Uganda’s Girls and Women

Ugandan girls face the greatest barriers to learning and career success. As a result, less than a third of science researchers in Uganda are women. Girls and women who are unable to complete their education or find a high-quality job are at increased risk of premature marriage, dependence on men for financial support, and inability to keep themselves and their children healthy. Promoting STEM education for girls can not only empower them to make optimal life choices, but increase Uganda’s skilled workforce in key economy-boosting industries. 

You Can Support STEM Education in Uganda

Although the Ugandan government has implemented some measures to improve the quality and prevalence of STEM learning in schools for both genders, the nation relies heavily on humanitarian and education-related nonprofits for assistance with STEM programming. You can contribute to STEM training success in Uganda by supporting these kinds of nonprofits.

The Gift of Education for Ugandan Children Lasts a Lifetime

Simone’s Kids in Nakaseke, Uganda provides high-quality primary and secondary education and meets basic needs for children in order to help them break the cycle of poverty. Your donations help purchase school supplies, textbooks, food, and other necessities for Ugandan students.

You can maximize your impact with recurring donations to Simone’s Kids by joining The Village. The Village is a passionate group of donors committed to bettering the lives of children in Uganda by making monthly donations that help to provide better meals, more teachers, more activities, and even post-graduation services. Give today!

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