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MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
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MathsGenius Leadership Institute's CEO Edzai Zvobwo presenting at the SADC Protocol for Gender and Development Summit and Awards 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Edzai C. Zvobwo, CEO of MathsGenius Ledership Institute giving a presentation as a good practice on gender equality in education with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and …

Edzai C. Zvobwo, CEO of MathsGenius Ledership Institute giving a presentation as a good practice on gender equality in education with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). He shares what MGLI has been doing with regards to Girl empowerment. The Protocol is in line with the Millenium Development goals.

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  • 1. THE SADC GENDER PROTOCOL SUMMIT 2014 MATHSGENIUS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE EDUCATION AND TRAINING Location: Johannesburg, South Africa Date: 22 April 2014 Presenter: Edzai C. Zvobwo Title: CEO 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA
  • 2. 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Who am I?
  • 3. 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA I found my ancestor!
  • 4. 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA SYNOPSIS MathsGenius Leadership Institute (MGLI) is an Afro-centric, quantitative leadership institution. Our Vision STEM excellence for 65% of all African learners by 2025. *Mathematical excellence will be determined by academic achievement of greater than or equal to 50% in nationally tested examinations.
  • 5. 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA SYNOPSIS Our Mission To develop quality, pro-active African quantitative leaders driven to solve the continent’s problems in a scientific yet local way.
  • 6. 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA SYNOPSIS We aim to achieve this by:  Stimulating STEM interest and reinforcing positive attitudes and behaviours towards the subjects in previously disadvantaged communities.  Promoting and enhancing critical and creative thinking in communities through diversified information dissemination, training and support tools.  Collaborating with strategic stakeholders for optimal impact.
  • 7. OBJECTIVES  A general positive shift in the attitude towards STEM by girls from previously disadvantaged communities and general sentiment that STEM can be done by anyone.  More girls choosing STEM subjects and not dropping out.  Communities, family, teachers and fellow learners being more knowledgeable, gender-sensitive and enhancing girls’ chances of success in STEM.  Girls functioning optimally in STEM classes and careers as a result of the problem solving frameworks in MGLI books. 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA
  • 8. BACKGROUND 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Not enough female STEM experts and trained leaders in Africa due to the lack of: Quality African leadership training institutions focused on girl empowerment Motivation and information dissemination and utilisation that ANYONE CAN DO STEM and/or become a leader Access to funds by Africa’s young female movers and shakers Promotion of critical and creative thinking and pro-activity in African communities
  • 9. Why MathsGenius Leadership Institute? MathsGenius Leadership Institute 2014 © MGLI Most students fully funded Measurable Impact and international reach ICT- enabled technologie s Strategic partnershi ps Gender- sensitive curriculum and learning journey Proven girl empowerment frameworks Institutionalis ed, transfera ble and replicable knowledge Niche, focused quantitative leadership training 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA
  • 10. KEY ACTIVITIES 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA MGLI Projects MathsGenius Leadership Institute 2014 © MGLI Projects Information dissemination Training Support Spreading the word that Everyone can pursue STEM subjects and careers regardless of gender. Promoting critical thinking Imparting skills on how to succeed in STEM and its application in life Enhancing learners chances of success through various support mechanisms
  • 11. KEY ACTIVITIES 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Information dissemination Outreach Programmes: 1. SABC Education Outreach programmes 2. Slots in SABC National and Community radio stations for motivational talks 3. Motivational talks and maths lessons on DSTV’s Mindset Learning Channel 4. Presentations at Inter- Ministerial youth empowerment functions 5. Donation of empowerment material to churches and schools Research: 1. Part of MISTRA Mathematics research team 2. National and local newspaper articles on girl child empowerment in STEM and leadership 3. Bespoke research and data analysis for individuals , schools and corporate companies 4. Gender equality evaluations Book Publications: 1. The Mathematical Genius in You 2. GirlChild Rise Up in STEM 3. Artisanship, the path to greatness 4. Essential Numeracy for quantitative decision making 5. GirlChild Rise Up in Leadership (pending)
  • 12. KEY ACTIVITIES: Books 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA
  • 13. KEY ACTIVITIES 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA
  • 14. KEY ACTIVITIES 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Training Leadership & Career Guidance Training 1. Self Management 2. Career Guidance 3. Entrepreneurship 4. Strategy and Decision making 5. Measuring impact 6. Programme and project evaluation 7. Ethics and Anti-corruption Mathematics Training 1. South African Mathematics Foundation Olympiad Training for teachers and students 2. Mathematical thinking and problem solving training 3. Maths exam techniques 4. Data Analysis and Statistics 5. Introduction to programming
  • 15. KEY ACTIVITIES 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Suppor t Networks 1. Free Online maths Q&A Portal 2. Free online find a tutor service 3. MathsGenius Facebook page for learners to ask questions 4. Private networking portal for MGLI alumni 5. Networking sessions for learners to meet role models 6. MathsGenius Blog that regularly encourages learners to achieve success in mathematics 7. MathsGenius YouTube Channel 8. MathsGenius website www.mathsgenius.co.za 9. Strategic partnerships Sponsorships 1. Official Co-Sponsor of the South African National Mathematics Challenge for Grade 4-7 run by SAMF. 2. GirlChild Rise Up in STEM competition 3. Local MathsGenius Competitions 4. Donations of books to the public at public events
  • 16. KEY ACTIVITIES: Online Support 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Cell: +2778 585 8937 Website: http://www.mathsgenius.co.za/ Email: info@mathsgenius.co.za Blog: http://mathsgee.com/ YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UClgKi9k RW76uUuno9yroTPA FacebookPage: https://www.facebook.com/pages/M athsgenius/178902912170274 Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/MathsGenius/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/edzaizvobwo
  • 17. RESOURCE ALLOCATIONS 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Amount local currency (Rand) Amount in Rand Gender specific allocation 200 000 200 000 •GirlChild Rise Up in STEM poster competition •GirlChild Rise Up in Leadership •Women Leader Profile Campaign 600 000 600 000 Amount contributed in cash or in kind by partner organisations (please specify) 250 000 250 000
  • 18. BENEFICIARIES 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Direct Indirect Name of group Women Men Total Women Men Total SABC Radio Audience ? ? 26 million weekly ? ? >26 million weekly SABC TV Audience 30 million weekly >30 million weekly SABC Education Outreach 100 000 annually >100 000 annually Churches and schools 100 000 annually >100 000 annually Newspaper Articles 5 million weekly >5 million weekly Online Publications ? ? Total ~62 million ~62 million
  • 19. CHALLENGES  The major challenge that MGLI is facing is that its physical training sessions’ reach is not fully complementing its information dissemination efforts. Millions are being reached through radio, TV and print materials but MGLI currently does not have capacity to follow up with community training sessions, this is reducing the impact on behavior change.  The lack of availability of funds is hampering the training of community girl-child STEM activists who can become agents of change in their communities.  There are not enough female STEM leaders doing enough to assist in demystifying the subjects. Currently MGLI has witnessed what is termed the “Queen Bee effect” which is a case of successful STEM practitioners basking in the glory of being the few elite and not fully opening up to help upcoming stars. It is more of a status-quo problem. 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA
  • 20. MONITORING AND EVALUATION MGLI uses mixed methods to monitor and evaluate performance ranging from:  Online sentiment analysis Number of book downloads and demand of services Traffic to blogs and websites Direct feedback from beneficiaries Enquiries about MGLI services Number of girls choosing STEM subjects after exposure to MGLI intervention. Attitude and behaviour change towards STEM Quantitative data 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA
  • 21. LESSON LEARNED AND INNOVATION  For MGLI to achieve its ultimate goal of equal opportunity and representation of girls and boys in STEM subjects and careers MGLI has to have as many partners at the grass-roots level as possible including non-educational organizations.  Monitoring and evaluation should have been factored in from the onset. In the planning phase we should have clearly spelt out the indicators for evaluation, we eventually did and this created problems of positive bias and retrospective analysis.50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA
  • 22. LEARNING AND SHARING WITH OTHER COUNCILS MGLI:  Publishes most of its research findings in newspapers and through press releases online.  Updates its Blog with research findings.  Collaborates in research with MISTRA (Mapungubwe Institute of Strategic Reflection).  Disseminates findings through books, TV and Radio.  Sharing of best practice with educational practitioners.50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA
  • 23. SUSTAINABILITY AND REPLICATION  The three phases of MGLI operations can be replicated anywhere in the world as:  Information dissemination uses effective and efficient standard methods like radio, TV, print and online content. The content is generic and is not dependent on geographical location and/or development level of the country.  The training requires willing individuals who will be agents of change in their communities.  MGLI support systems are online and can be accessed from anywhere, the girl-child STEM activists will be the local support leaders in conjunction with schools and partner organizations.50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA
  • 24. KEY PRIORITIES FOR 2014  Focusing on training more members of the community on the MGLI’s Community-Wide Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics Intervention and Support (PSAMIS).  Maintaining high levels of information dissemination across Africa.  Increase collaboration with other organisations. 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA
  • 25. Sister Boogie time! 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA

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