Learners from Oprah Winfrey girls’ school educated about opportunities for women in science

On the 15th of August 2016, the learners from Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls were fortunate enough to have an information session with Dr Christine Steininger from the Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences and Ms Recognize Sambo, a 3rd year student from Geology, Archaeology & Environmental Studies, both at the University of the Witwatersrand.

The learners were also given opportunity to interact with casts of famous hominin fossil skulls.
The learners were also given opportunity to interact with casts of famous hominin fossil skulls.

The session was not only informative but also motivational. Her speech encouraged the girls and showed them that it is possible to thrive in the science field n

o matter what your circumstances. Moreover, the learners were inspired to take up careers in the science.  Dr Steininger’s talk made the learners realise that young women will play a prominent role in propelling science forward. Her involvements in Palaeosciences will assist some of the young women at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls to realise the potential contribution they could make in the Science, Technology, and Innovation. Dr Steininger’s visit to the academy has resulted in there being a platform created where young women can gear their energies into science related occupations. Additionally, the visit has resulted in there being prospective collaborations between the OWLAG students and the Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences.

By Ayabonga Vika

Grade 11 student

Women in science committee member

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