STEM FOR ALL
Bringing stereotypes down!
“Science is for boys!” Have you ever heard this before? If you were born after the Millennium, maybe not.
We need to change narratives, from a very young age, I already knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to be a doctor, not sure how I ended up becoming a teacher, maybe it was to do with the fact that my parents never conceived the idea of a Black woman as a doctor or, was it because I did not have the potential? Either way, parents should restrain from passing opinions on their children’s career choices, especially if they are in primary school.
How do we start bringing those barriers down? My answer is simple, we need to create the spaces where children see the opposite of what they have been programmed to believe. Let us show them the Black inventors, the female inventors, the disable inventors… from different social classes, from different ideologies. Let’s have better and more productive conversations with our children.
Pick up toys that challenge the dominant narrative, think outside of the box and create your own toys, presentations or activities where your child finds himself in a space where he is welcome and does not have to justify his own existence or his own choices.