About the Campaign
Mothers For STEM Iniatiative:
You can donate any amount towards our goal of empowering 150 women with STEM tutoring businesses
What is the problem?
Unemployment, inequality and crime are the biggest threat to the South African society. Black girls and women are the most affected by the harsh realities of this beloved nation. If steps are not taken to sustainably empower them, then there is is little to no hope for future generations of previously disadvantaged groups in South Africa.
Why this intervention?
One key area that has been identified as a priority is getting more women in STEM. Mothers have been identified as the main culprits in discouraging girls to take up STEM subjects and careers.This is as a result of them being oppressed thus they have a distorted worldview.
What do I believe can be done?
I, Edzai Zvobwo as the Chief Genius at MathsGenius Leadership Institute (MGLI) believe that we are not doing justice for our girls and women and it saddens me that we still perpetuate the discrimination of opportunities towards women. I have witnessed it first-hand in my sojourns as a maths evangelist across the country where we have been demystifying STEM training and supporting learners and parents in their quest for success. I have decided to do something about it, I have become a vigilante for women’s rights to STEM education.
My first attempt at solving this problem was writing books encouraging girls and women to follow their heart and do STEM. I wrote a book entitled “GirlChild Rise Up in the Sciences” which can be purchased on Lulu.com
I wrote another one encouraging girls to explore alternative routes to employment through artisan-ship. This book is entitled “Artisanship, the path to greatness” and together with my other book “The Mathematical Genius in You” can be downloaded from the SABC website for FREE.
The books have made a tremendous impact, serving as awareness tools for the different national campaigns we have done with several corporate partners. Over 50 000 copies have been distributed country-wide.
I believe that the best way to really empower women in STEM is to give as many of them as possible the capacity to start their own STEM businesses that will economically empower them whilst giving them an opportunity to spread STEM knowledge.
I have a target of empowering 150 mothers to be STEM business owners.
How can this be Achieved?
- Create an app with pre-loaded STEM content – worksheets, tab-based exercises and puzzle cards. (Status – 70% complete)
- Set-up call centre to support our business women.
- Train as many educated housewives and other interested women as possible to run their own STEM tutoring and merchandise business.(No startup costs)
- We market all the businesses on the platform and ensure lead generation.
- We get a nominal commission from their revenues.
I am of the firm conviction that this is a low hanging fruit that will achieve massive boost in economic contribution of women and knowledge transfer in the STEM domain.
How can you help?
For this to be a success I need all the help I can get. Whether its technical skills in developing the app, content and structuring the business to operational stuff on how to maximize benefit for the women business owners and their clients.
The biggest thing we need is financial support. We have the ideas and just need financial backing to make this dream a reality. It costs $1,000 to fully setup each mother.
You can donate any amount towards our goal of R200,000