Experts want science education for girls prioritised

Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Participants from 20 African countries attending a week-long African Congress on Girls' Science Education is urging governments to include gender issues in their schools' science, technology and mathematics syllabuses.
The participants noted that in 2001, the participation of girls in science, mathematics and technical education was still very low and hence their call for an "urgent action".
In a statement, the participants Saturday urged governments to promote gender issues in school syllabuses and make use of locally available resources.
They expressed commitment to work towards achieving the education For All (EFA) global objective as well as to eliminating gender disparities in primary and secondary education in general, and in science, technology and mathematics education in particular by 2005.
The statement urged UNESCO, which co-organised the meeting, to maintain the priority focus on girls and science education and women in science and technology within the medium-term strategy for 2002-2007 programmes.
"We, the participants in the Lusaka Congress on Girls' Science Education pledge to work with UNESCO in the development of educational materials that would motivate girls in science, technology and mathematics," it said.
The participants also discussed child literacy in science and technology, and popularising science among children.

23 june 2001 14:35:00

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