A qualified Tourism student, Sharon Ncube is currently studying Biomedicine at Pearson Institute of Higher Education in Midrand. The 23-year-old part-time Maths and Physical Science Tutor at Transitions Foundation is passionate about empowering the youth through education. She enjoys storytelling and strongly believes that it is a powerful tool for capturing African stories authentically and accurately.
What inspires you in your role as an Academic Tutor?
My inspiration to keep going each day is drawn from life. I am a lover of life and everything it has to offer. I get my inspiration from every obstacle that l overcame along the way in my personal journey. I’m inspired by my desire to share my journey with the world. I live for opportunities to show ordinary people that it is possible to make your dreams a reality regardless of economic status and background.
In your opinion, why should more young women pursue STEM careers?
As a young woman who loves Maths and Science, I have noticed that most women in STEM take pride in the field. Women are natural teachers, so, skills such as analysing, and researching come naturally. This is one of the reasons why more women should build a career in STEM. Having more young women pursue STEM careers, means narrowing the gender pay gap which will in turn, enhance women’s economic security and lessen gender stereotypes in the field. We need more gender diversity in STEM, and it is high time women get the opportunity to showcase their voice and talent.
What support do you think is needed to encourage more women in STEM and what role can our communities play?
The biggest support that is needed is providing more opportunities of exposure. We need to expose young girls to STEM subjects while encouraging all those interested in STEM fields to follow their hearts. We need to validate young girls from a young age that it is okay to embrace Maths and Science which will help to correct the narrative that these subjects are difficult. There are many practical ways to support young people such as extra lessons and After School organisations that offer academic tutoring. Communities can support the youth and build rapport with organisations that foster learning opportunities.
Women are natural teachers, so, skills such as analysing, and researching come naturally. This is one of the reasons why more women should build a career in STEM.