“You see things differently when you’re involved in STEM,” Bopha explains. “For example, when I see an equation now, I don’t just see numbers and symbols, I see a problem that can be solved in multiple ways and that’s the beauty of STEM. It opens up your mind to new possibilities” she said.
Despite her young age, Bopha has already seen the benefits of her involvement in STEM. “It’s not just about improving my grades, but it’s about gaining relevant skills that I can use in the future, no matter what field I decide to go into” she says.
In just two short months, Bopha is already making a difference in the STEM Club. She’s not just defying the social norms that often discourage girls from pursuing STEM; she’s rewriting them. Her ultimate goal? To inspire other girls to follow in her footsteps. “I want more girls to see the potential in STEM,” says Bopha. “It’s not just for boys, girls can be innovators, creators, and leaders too.”
Bopha’s story is just one example of the boundless potential of girls worldwide. Her journey serves as a testament to the idea that investing in girls’ rights is an investment in the future of our societies where girls become leaders in their schools, communities, and the country. By nurturing the leadership, creativity, and intellect of girls in STEM and all fields, we unlock the potential for transformative change.
As we celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child under the theme “Invest in Girls’ Rights: Our Leadership, Our Well-being,” let us commit ourselves to providing equal opportunities, removing gender-based barriers, and amplifying the voices of girls everywhere. Let us recognize that girls like Bopha are the leaders and innovators of tomorrow, and by investing in their rights and well-being, we ensure a brighter and more inclusive future for all.
Together let’s build a world where every girl’s potential is realized, and their leadership shapes a better world for us all.
The Teacher’s at Bopha’s school were part of the ‘Building Critical Thinking in Emerging Leaders” project funded by the Patsy Collins Trust Fund Initiative.