#YoungWomenInSTEM: Vuyokazi Twani

As a Teaching Lead at Inkululeko, Vuyokazi Twani implements the Academic Support programme through organising after-school lesson plans and tutors to deliver the sessions. In her role, she makes sure that learners are supported through tutoring that is intentional and targeted at their specific problem areas. Vuyokazi holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics and Ergonomics & Organisational Psychology from Rhodes University.


What inspires you to keep going each day?

My past high school experience has come to shape how I approach my work today. During my high school days, I remember needing academic support without access to programmes like these. This inspires me to do better for our youth today, to ensure that their experience is different to mine. There are so many learners that are eager and passionate to learn and improve their standard of living. I believe that with sufficient academic support, our youth can thrive in class and achieve their full potential, regardless of where they come from.

Why do you think it is important for more young women to pursue STEM careers?

Since STEM fields are largely male dominated, I believe giving equal opportunities to girls helps to narrow the gender gap in the workplace, while promoting inclusion and positive influence on current gender stereotypes.

What support do you think is needed to encourage more women in STEM?

Exposing them to STEM at a young age is important. This starts at home; from the toys we buy our children, to the type of TV programmes we watch with them. We need to cultivate curiosity, problem solving skills and creativity at a very young age. Allow your girl child to watch you fix your car, observe you while you bake and get used to explaining difficult concepts to them. We can find many other interesting and fun ways to plant the seed while they are still young.

I am very passionate about access to equal quality education. I believe that regardless of your financial status, race, or background, everyone has the right to access equal, quality education