Madeline's story

We are sharing this post to celebrate all the inspirational female young scientists studying in PEAS schools, on the United Nation’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

“Thanks to the JETS club, I now feel more confident in my capacities to solve problems and carry out experiments and I am comfortable helping other students without the help of any teacher.” 

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Meet the young and vibrant Madeline, a grade 12 pupil of a PEAS school in Zambia. Madeline’s hobbies include singing, cooking, dancing and reading. She is very happy to be a PEAS student because her experience has been wonderful – “I have been able to improve a lot academically and to meet students who come from all over Zambia.” 

Madeline believes that having various clubs at the school has incredible benefits for students; “it is a very good way to discover one’s interests and talents. I think many times young people don’t know where their strengths lie and very often indulge in things that do not add any development to them.”

“Two years ago I decided to join the Jets (Junior Engineers and Technicians) club and since then I discovered my true passion. I now dream of becoming an engineer. The club has helped me to improve the skills that I will need to pursue my dream, and I am now very good in Mathematics and Physics.”

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From theory lessons to different practical experiments organised by the JETS club, students have the chance to improve and deepen what they learn at school and more. Madeline feels the club meetings are a good way of revising some of the lessons done during their normal science classes, saying that some equations solved in the club have actually come up in their monthly tests and exams, and of exploring topics that are not included in the curriculum. “Thanks to the JETS club, I now feel more confident in my capacities to solve problems and carry out experiments and I am comfortable helping other students without the help of any teacher.” 

Every PEAS schools offers a variety of extra-curriculum clubs for our students to support them in discovering their passions and equipping them with the necessary skills to pursue their dreams. Madeline’s story is a great reminder of the importance of encouraging young people to explore their interests and find the confidence they need to fulfil their aspirations.

At PEAS, we focus on investing in science by providing schools with suitable science equipment, training teachers to run engaging science practicals and - where possible - building science laboratories. The SITA Air Transport Community Foundation has been a key partner in the delivery of STEM in PEAS schools - equipping our schools across Uganda and Zambia with ICT labs, and in 2019 they will be building a science laboratory in one of our schools for the first time.

Emmi Matsunaga