SWE in Africa Pt. 2: East Africa region


To learn more about the history of SWE in Africa and the work of the SWE Africa Task Force, please read Part 1 of this series.

The East Africa region comprises 11 countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea and Madagascar. Currently, SWE membership in the region is in Nairobi, Kenya, but additional member organizations are being organized in Tanzania and Uganda. The region is represented in the task force by SWE members Umi Kerre and Stella Uzochukwu Denis.

“SWE East Africa is happy to be part of SWE Africa and the larger SWE community. It’s been a great experience so far and we’re excited to see what the future will bring. ”- Umi Kerre

Learn more about activities that have been conducted in the area below.

1. Mentoring program at the Technical University of Mombasa

This was the first SWE Nairobi event organized in partnership with the James Ogunbor Education Foundation. The Foundation’s President, Florence Ogunbor, is a member of the SWE Lagos Affiliate.

The event took place at the Technical University of Mombasa and was hosted by their Engineering Students Association. It aimed to empower young women engineers by teaching them how to master the challenges in the workplace. Two members from SWE Nairobi were speakers at the event.

2. International Women’s Day webinar

The event themeLeading women in engineering in a Covid-19 world took place on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2021. The webinar, attended by more than 300 participants from all over Africa, was organized by SWE Nairobi in collaboration with the Institution of Engineers of Kenya – Women’s Chapter, STEM Wahandisi La Femme, Association of African Engineers Italy. organized (AIA) and Women in Energy Africa.

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3. Monthly series of webinars

  • Navigating careers Webinar series
    • SWE Nairobi hosted this webinar at the following universities: Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Strathmore University and University of Eldoret. The series was created in collaboration with FESTO Didactic, IEEE Kenya, Michelle Boit Foundation, BEE the Engineer and STEM Wahandisi la Femme.
  • Professional Development Webinar Series
    • This series was recently launched and the first webinar was on Professional Integrity and Engineering Ethics. Future topics to investigate include technical design thinking, intellectual property, engineering employability, and managing / engineering your finances.
  • Industry-oriented Webinar series
    • This series takes into account the diversity of mechanical engineering, from energy to aerospace and many more.

4. Outreach Activities

  • Career day at Nova Pioneer Girls High School
    • The interactive event conveyed to the students the various career opportunities that will be open to them in the future, with a focus on the various topics of future career choices. The aim of SWE Nairobi was to inspire the girls to work effectively towards their goals and to encourage them to consider a career in the STEM field. All class 2 students were present. This event took place in cooperation with Safaricom 47/47 and the Central Placement Service of the Kenya Universities and Colleges (KUCCPS).

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  • STEM workshop at Nova Pioneer Girls High School
    • The workshop topic“Transform the future” aimed to educate participants about the current challenges facing society while developing their skills to transform change and solve problems through science and technology. The 40 girls present took part in the following activities:
      • “I am remarkable” Session, an empowering interactive self-reflection session
      • Design thinking training
      • “Imagine it, build it” Challenge, an interactive session to solve societal challenges through science and technology.

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The group is interested in founding a SWENext Club. This event took place in partnership with WomEng Kenya Safaricom 47/47 and Women In Energy Africa.

5. Webinar by the SWE Tanzania team

This webinar was organized by local executives and was the first SWE event in Tanzania. The topic of the webinar was “Women promote engineering, technology and innovation in Tanzania ”.SWE will continue to grow in the region and expects to establish a subsidiary in Tanzania soon.

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To find out more about SWE in East Africa, follow SWE Nairobi on Twitter @NairobiSwe and Instagram @swe_nairobi.

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