Campaign Ended! The campaign ended on January, 05 2017
Charity Women Empowerment
Enabling young girls learn STEM concepts and foraying in fields of science and technology by breaking gender stereotypes
Participation of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) fields in almost all countries is far behind an equal participation. In the case of India, which is a traditionally patriarchal society this participation is even less. STEM even today is considered a man’s domain and women are not encouraged to pursue carriers in this field. This builds an inherent fear within girls and women in using technology to their advantage.
FAT through its work with young girls is trying to reverse this bias in STEM fields. Jugaad (Innovation) Lab , one such initiative, is an out of the box and inspiring initiative of Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT), which creates a much-needed space for girls from disadvantaged communities to kindle their interest in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
This space more popularly called ‘the lab’ for girls is a place which sparks their imagination and aids their intellectual growth and development; a place where they can tinker, build, break and rebuild stuff to learn through hands on work and experimentation, all the while also learning STEM concepts.
The Lab today has a total of 20 participants called the 'Little Innovators' from ages 11 yrs to 15 yrs, mobilized from government schools and low income communities near Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi. The lab has regular two/three hour classes everyday in the afternoon where a study schedule is followed. New concepts of STEM are introduced, new projects are initiated and completed and after that, informal sessions on school work, issues at home, etc., are also discussed.
To come to class, the girls have to negociate with their parents, see to it that all house chores are done and also ensure that they are able to travel safely. This space is a safe space for them, where they can dream of achieving what they are always told they can’t do. They can learn about new concepts and also apply it in daily use. Here they are treated as equals and are encouraged to be innovative. This space truly lets them be innovators. Here’s a beautiful story of how the Lab is tuely creating these little innovators –
When asked by the facilitator to narrate an incident on how they use what they learn at the lab, Sanjana narrated an incident where the TV was not working at her home and everyone thought it needed to be repaired by a mechanic. Sanjana checked the plug and saw that the wire connections inside it were loose. She re- connected the wires to the plug and TV started working again.
Seeing the change in Sanjana, her mother visited the Lab during the next class and spoke to the facilitators to understand what Sanjana was doing better. Looking at her projects and after meeting the other girls, she promised to support Sanjana in her studies.
Help me raise funds for girls like Sanjana
To give impetus to the FAT’s initiative around STEM education for women, a six-week long online fundraising campaign named #MakeIT2BreakIT was launched in December to create awareness about the increasing role of women in STEM and to highlight Jugaad lab’s efforts in innovating learning experiences for young girls in STEM.
This campaign was successful beyond our wildest dreams and it was all thanks to your support. Thank you for your generous support but we still have a long road ahead:
Again, a Huge Thank you from Jugaad Labs and we hope you continue to support us in this tough but exciting journey!