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Tanzania: DIT Designs Initiative to Inspire Female Students Pursue Science Studies

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THE Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) has come up with initiative meant to motivate secondary school girls to pursue science subjects in efforts to bridge gender gap in science professions in the country.

The move is also intended to enable more girls benefit from science-related courses that the institute offers.

Dubbed, ‘Regional Flagship ICT Centre’ (RAFIC), the initiative, funded by the World Bank (WB), will benefit Tanzania and other East African community countries. The DIT hosts the project at its Dar es Salaam campus.

DIT’s Head of Industrial Liaison Department and career guidance, Dr John Msumba, revealed this on Monday when speaking to reporters during a training tour by female students from various secondary schools in Dar es Salaam region.

“We have brought secondary school female students here to witness how female students at the institute perform well in terms of doing scientific innovations, which can also encourage them to pursue science subjects and thus going against perception that science courses are for boys,” he said.

Dr Msumba argued that for some time now girls have been lagging behind in pursuing science courses in technical colleges.

“We believe that through this initiative, the RAFIC Project, more girls would be motivated to study science subjects and compete in the job market,” he said.

He revealed that the DIT has been given the opportunity to become the Regional Information Technology Center for East Africa (Regional Flagship Center of Excellence in ICT).