This month, we feature Doreen, a volunteer of the African Youth Alliance.
“I have been teaching chemistry, biology and mathematics to students (10 to 17 years) from secondary schools. I am the Volunteer in Charge of girls’ activities with the African Youth Alliance Group.
I have been working to establish girls’ leadership clubs in secondary schools, especially those of rural communities of North West Cameroon. I want to demystify the notion that sciences are meant for boys and ugly girls. There is still that misconception among students, especially those of rural areas, that sciences are meant only for boys. This has demotivated a number of girls from studying science subjects in both secondary schools and universities. The clubs are safe discussion spaces where young girls meet on a weekly basis to share and discuss issues affecting them. We mentor and coach young girls on leadership skills, career objectives and we also encourage them to pursue STEM related studies. We have established 05 clubs and reached out to over 200 girls in the past 5 years.”