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Enabling young girls to experiment and gain confidence in science and technology and break gender stereotypes
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What appeals to me most about Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT) and its Jugaad Lab classes is the practical approach and the real impact on the lives of young girls from poor backgrounds. In under a year, Jugaad Labs has given girls the confidence to do better in science and maths at school and also to come up with solutions to improve the lives of their families and communities.
Jugaad, which has many meanings in Hindi but stands for innovative solutions, is an initiative through which FAT provides a space for girls from disadvantaged communities and kindles their interest in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The Lab is a place where girls can tinker, build, break and rebuild things.
Since 2015, a total of 20 girls aged 11 to 16 years have been recruited from government schools and low income communities to attend 2-3 hour classes every afternoon at the Lab in Delhi. The girls are introduced to concepts of STEM, initiate new projects and can also discuss other issues they face at school or home or in their communities.
After just ten months of attending the Jugaad Lab, there has been a visible change in the girls. They started with basic projects like photo frames and origami and are now making lamps, table fans and electric bells. They proudly tell their teachers, family and peers about the things they learn in class and sometimes recreate their work. This summer, the girls identified community problems and developed solutions for them. For example, they designed plastic disposal bins for sanitary napkins and installed them in community toilets with directions for use.
FAT believes that girls should not only be able to access and use technology, but also actively engage in its creation and be a part of the scientific community. Please join me in supporting FAT reach more girls and teach them to #MakeIT2BreakIT.