Angela Tabiri is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) ambassador who is currently pursuing a Ph. D in Mathematics and it is her desire to encourage more young people especially female students in Africa to embrace and take up STEM-related courses since there are various advantages to be gained through these.
She shares with us the advantages of studying STEM-related subjects
Every subject is important in solving the challenges we face in Africa. Nevertheless, less emphasis has been placed on STEM-related courses which prevent many youth from pursuing studies in STEM.
Females, in particular, receive very little encouragement to pursue these ‘Hard/ masculine’ subjects and most people grow up with the notion that these subjects are difficult. The truth is if you apply yourself and work hard, you can excel in these STEM subjects.
These courses are solution oriented courses and I believe that we can find solutions to many of the challenges in Africa if we understand the STEM courses we study. With a good understanding of these courses, we can collaborate on interdisciplinary projects to solve the problems we face in Africa.
There are now more scholarship and funding opportunities for us female students from Africa to further our studies in the various STEM courses. We need to use these opportunities to acquire the necessary skills we need to become problem solvers and change makers on the continent of Africa.
Career Prospects in Mathematics
I encourage all female Africans who are interested in mathematics to persevere in their quest to study the subject at high levels. There are a wide range of research areas and career options in both pure and applied mathematics. The mathematics journey is usually not an easy one but with determination and a hope to see mathematics being used to solve the challenges we face in Africa, we can overcome any challenge we face.
God will see you through
As a Christian, I will also add that trusting in God is instrumental to remaining steadfast when pursuing a career in mathematics. God grants us the ideas we discover in our research and encourages us through it all. So to all young African ladies who are faced with making this tough career decision, my advice is to be courageous even if it means being the trendsetter in your area of specialization.