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APWEN committed to the Girl Child education, laments decline in the study of sciences

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The president of Association of Professional Women Engineers Nigeria (APWEN) Engr Mrs Felicia Nnena Agubata has decried the decline in the study of science subjects in schools across the country.

Speaking in an interview with journalists in her office in Lagos, Engr Agubata noted that the decline in the study of science courses such as Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) has forced APWEN under her leadership to embark on STEM in order to create awareness on the girl child approach to these courses in their school.

Agubata explained that her focus be on primary schools because according to her, at secondary school level the students were already scared of mathematics and other science subjects adding that they want to encourage them to take up those subjects that give students nightmare.

She added that study of sciences and engineering provides solutions to human problems because these courses are problem solvers

According to the APWEN President, ‘Invent it’ build it’ has taken off in Bauchi State with its launch at Wausau Central Primary school in a bid to catch them young at the point they are young and still struggling to and thinking of what subjects to do.

Mrs Agubata who was impressed with the large turnout of dignitaries to witness the flag off said, ten pupil were awarded scholarships while a science laboratory, first of its kind was built in a primary school to encourage the girl child science education.

She expressed optimism that with APWEN in partnership with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation that the project will be given a boost especially with associations programs.

Agubata expressed delight that things have changed in the aviation sector in terms of women embracing engineering profession saying that the number of women engineers has risen.

She attributed the growth to awareness being created on the need for women to embrace the engineering profession in all sectors.

Agubata appealed to governments at all levels, communities, parents and well meaning individuals to encourage girl child to embrace engineering courses in order to build a great nation.

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