Head of Pedagogy and Teacher professional development, Merishaw school
Bold Question: What if teachers and school leaders had the support they needed to create gender responsive schools?
Path to Metis: After facing difficulty in getting female professionals in STEM to facilitate one of her STEM club sessions in Changamwe secondary, Linah experienced the glaring gender disparity in STEM. This informed her decision to work on supporting and inspiring girls to venture in STEM.
She started collaborating with various Tech non-profit organizations in Mombasa such as Pwaniteknowgals, TechKids Africa and GIST Pwani to provide STEM mentorship to her female students. Through these partnerships, her students were exposed to both local and global STEM competitions such as Africa Code week and Technovation.
Appreciating that boys and girls learn differently, and the critical role technology plays in removing gender barriers to education, she started training and coaching teachers on Gender Responsive Pedagogy and effective ICT integration as a volunteer teacher coach volunteer with Jielimishe.
Linah is a 2020 top 50 Global Teacher Prize Finalist, a Techwomen fellow, YALI fellow and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.
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