Access to Skills and Knowledge network #ASKnet Program
The #ASKnet program provides access to skills and knowledge to empower South Sudanese communities to address challenges within their communities through Open Source innovations to promote and encourage Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with an integration of Arts (STEAM) Education.
This program seeks to address the root problems of gender inequality in South Sudan that doesn’t encourage girls and women to learn STEM using Art through a peer to peer approach focused on the sharing of skills and knowledge leveraging on Open source and STEAM methodologies through research.
In partnership with _r0g/agency for open culture and Critical transformation, this program started in 2019 and through this funding, the capacity of the GoGirls team has been enhanced and we have been working on a pilot called “Open Science Framework for Classroom experimentation” to promote STEM education in schools together with primary and secondary school teachers within Juba.
The Open Science Framework for Classroom experimentation was developed during the Teachers in Science Hackathon hosted by GoGirls ICT Initiative and some of the questions raised were;
- How can feedback channels between curriculum developers, policymakers, teachers and learners be improved?
- How do we break the stereotypes of girls not taking sciences?
Three key discussion points took centre stage such as;
- What Innovative #OpenScience approaches can be used to conduct Science experiments in Primary and Secondary Schools?
- How can Science Educators, Schools and Institutes of Higher learning collaborate to bridge the gap between theory and experiments related to science?
- How can science teachers improvise with locally available materials /resources to overcome the challenge of limited or no available materials for conducting experiments?
And the outcome of this framework are the following innovations by the GoGirls team,university students and Science Educators.