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dc.contributor.authorMuthima, Purity
dc.contributor.authorMwangi, Mary
dc.contributor.authorKaranja, Faith
dc.contributor.authorMutuku, Winifred
dc.contributor.authorMuna, Wilson
dc.contributor.authorMuniu, Joseph
dc.contributor.authorWanjau, Ruth
dc.contributor.authorNdungo, Catherine
dc.contributor.authorNgina, Ruth
dc.contributor.authorWamalwa, Ebby Glorian N.
dc.date.accessioned2023-07-19T09:44:24Z
dc.date.available2023-07-19T09:44:24Z
dc.date.issued2023
dc.identifier.citationMuthima, P., Mwangi, M., Karanja, F., Mutuku, W., Muna, W., Muniu, J., ... & Wamalwa, E. G. N. (2023). An Assessment of The Impact of The Stem-Kenya Mentorship Program on Career Choice and Employment of Young Women in Kenya. Journal of the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://journals.unesco.go.ke/index.php/jknatcom/article/view/29/28
dc.identifier.urihttp://ir-library.ku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/26316
dc.descriptionArticleen_US
dc.description.abstractIn Kenya, various intervention programs have been implemented to support the youth in making informed career choices and prepare them for employment by imparting practical skills and foster the right work attitude. These initiatives include apprenticeship, internship and mentorship programs. However, there are notable gender disparities not just in the uptake of these programs, but also in school to work transition whereby female participation in the job market is 29.5 per cent compared to males at 36 per cent. This is more apparent in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related fields. As a mitigation, UNESCO launched the UNESCO-STEM government of Kenya mentorship program in 2014 to inspire girls to embrace STEM by organising scientific camps of excellence in specific schools in different counties. This paper presents the findings of an ongoing impact evaluation study to assess the UNESCOSTEM Government of Kenya mentorship program on career choices, income levels and employment status. . A sample of 177 young women (those that went through the STEM mentorship programme and those who did not go through the programme) was used. This sample was selected form a target population of 2,000 by employing Yamane’s (1967) formula for determining sample size. The study adopted the cohort studies approach, which is a non-experimental longitudinal design that takes a sample of a people who share an essential characteristic. Questionnaires and interview schedule tools were utilized to collect data. Quantitative data was analysed using STATA while qualitative using NVIVO software. From the study findings, it can be concluded that participating in the STEM mentorship program broadened the participants’ scope of employment opportunities. However, there are marginal benefits in placing young women in STEM related courses. The ongoing study recommends redesigning and implementation of the program at a larger scale to enhance women economic empowerment and certification of the participants.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipBill and Melinda Gates Foundationen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUNESCOen_US
dc.subjectSTEM Government Mentorship Programen_US
dc.subjectSTEM Subjectsen_US
dc.subjectCareer Choicesen_US
dc.subjectIncome Levelsen_US
dc.subjectEmploymenten_US
dc.titleAn Assessment of the Impact of the Stem-Kenya Mentorship Program on Career Choice and Employment of Young Women in Kenyaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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