The Permanent Secretary, Gender Affairs, Mrs. Zeinab W. Hussein has challenged female students to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses at the University.
Speaking during the official launch of Markers Movement fabricated medical devices at the Fabulous Lab, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, Mrs. Zeinab W. Hussein, the Permanent Secretary, Gender Affairs, Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs urged the female students to pursue engineering courses. The Marker movement is about innovations that create solutions to save the lives of children and mothers.
University of Nairobi was praised for producing exemplary graduates ready for both the domestic and the international market. Mrs. Hussein challenged the University to make Marker Movement, the hub of great ideas. She noted that the innovations will be a big boost to maternal health care. She called on the combined efforts by the private sector, government and academia to work together to keep girls in schools.
Maker Movement, Goodwill Ambassador Ms. Wahu Kagwi, urged Kenyans to embrace home grown solutions to solve Kenyan problems. She noted that every woman and child have a right to maternal health.
The Maker Movement launched three prototype machines that have been developed by engineering students in close collaboration with the lecturers. The machines are; Phototherapy unit, which helps new born children deal with jaundice problems by breaking down excess red blood cells, suction machine, which is used in sucking secretions during surgery procedure and vinyl cutters which is used in calibrations.
On her part, the University of Nairobi Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi, underscored the role of Marker Movement in fostering innovation and commercializing research as she challenged the young girls to rise up and take up science based courses.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, noted that innovation is a key pillar in the leadership of University. He urged the young scientists to dream big, for ‘they can make anything’ by doing so.
Marker movement have been supported by various partners, among them are ; Concern Worldwide, UNICEF, Kenyatta National Hospital, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Gender , the University of Nairobi among other partners.
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