Manzini Nazarene Mission Station,

House F20, 310, Dr David HYND Street, Farm 705.

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Tel: (+288) 2505 6504 / 6045
Fax: 2505 8216

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08:00 AM - 05:00PM Mon - Thu
08:00 AM - 02:00PM Friday

JA Eswatini in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy together with the World Bank have started an initiative that encourages young women to pursue careers in the energy sector. This partnership is a positive step towards gender equality and empowering women, who are historically underrepresented in this field.

Speaking at the certification of 40 students under STEM subjects who were attached in 9 different companies, Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy, Dorcas Dlamini said an energy audit revealed that only about a third of the energy sector workforce is female, with even fewer in technical roles and leadership positions.

“To develop as a nation, we need women, who make up over 51.6% of our population, to be represented in all sectors.” She said. The students observed professionals, learned about daily tasks, and understood the skills and qualifications required for various energy jobs. They also built connections that could benefit them in the future. “We urge companies to stay in touch with these students, follow their progress, and potentially offer them future employment or partnerships. Our goal isn't just to get women employed; we want to see those leading businesses and driving our country's development”.

JA Eswatini Executive Director Phetsile Masilela speaking at the event said JA Eswatini has a mandate to enhance financial literacy, entrepreneurship and career development for adolescents and youth. She said job shadowing is part of the efforts made to enhance employability for young people. “I am excited that the second cycle of our partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources has taken a bigger scope. There are three components to cover this year which are to: Expose 80 Form 4 students to daily operations and challenges of the energy sector by December 2024. So now we have taken the first group of 40 students,” she said.

Masilela mentioned that there will also be Regional STEM Bootcamps that will capacitate 600 high school students on the science subjects requirements required for them to pursue STEM in tertiary. There will also be an attachment of 20 tertiary students to STEM companies for 3 months of internships.

The companies that attached the students were those who have interests in the STEM careers. They included Eswatini Energy Regulatory Authority – ESERA, Eswatini Electricity Company –Eswatini Electricity Company (EEC), Eswatini National Petroleum Company (ENPC), Royal Eswatini Sugar Association (RES), ILLOVO Sugar Limited, Total Energies, Municipal Council of Mbabane and Alternative Energy It is also worth noting that what JA Eswatini is doing is done by all other JA countries to promote gender balance in the STEM professions. Junior

Achievement Africa (JA Africa) and Boeing, in collaboration with The Foundation for Tomorrow, held a one-day Innovation Camp to fuel interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) among Tanzanian youth. More than 100 teenagers aged 12-17 from vulnerable communities in Arusha, Tanzania took part in the program. 50% of them were girls.

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