The Kenyan Chapter of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (KeAWARD) is actively involved in empowering high school students through mentorship and motivational talks, role modelling and career guidance to motivate students and promote STEM subjects. The School visits also aim to educate and impart knowledge, skills and attitudes gained during the AWARD fellowship. These interactions help the students develop strong personal life skills and take up meaningful careers in science and become change makers in their societies.
To make the mentorship programs more enriching, interactive and to enable students gain a better appreciation of science, KeAWARD has partnered with the IVVN schools outreach program which seeks introduce high school students to basic science skills in the field of vaccinology. It was therefore needful to train KeAWARD members and other scientists who are passionate about mentorship on the IVVN to equip them for future mentorship expeditions.
KeAWARD fellows, Sarah Akwabi and Susan Njuguini practicing pipetting during the ToT training at the Biotechnology Centre, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Organization, Nairobi.