19 June 2023

With a supportive father and a bold new curriculum, 13-year-old Ayesha is making a mark in science

At just 13 years old, Ayesha can change an electric switch board, repair a fan, fix a blown-up fuse on an LED bulb and rewire a toy car to make it rechargeable and save on batteries. “My dad teaches me how electric gadgets work. I like fixing broken appliances, putting things together and watching them light up,” says Ayesha. Ayesha’s father is a…, A progressive new curriculum, There is a new way of teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Bangladeshi schools. Students like Ayesha now get to pursue their passion in science and showcase the skills they are learning through the practical science projects under the new secondary school curriculum. Building a solar oven from scratch. Building a…, Building a solar oven from scratch., UNICEF/UN0855631/Himu Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching and learning fun for teachers and students. Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching and learning fun for teachers and students., Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching and learning fun for teachers and students., UNICEF/UN0855086/Himu Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching and learning fun for teachers and students. Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching and learning fun for teachers and students., Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching and learning fun for teachers and students., UNICEF/UN0855628/Himu Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching and learning fun for teachers and students. Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching and learning fun for teachers and students., Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching and learning fun for teachers and students., UNICEF/UN0851929/Himu Building a solar oven from scratch. Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching and learning fun for teachers and students. Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching and learning fun for teachers and students. Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching…, Breaking gender stereotypes to bring more girls into STEM, Ms. Das who has been teaching for 22 years says it is not just the curriculum that has changed. “In the past, fewer girls completed school and even those who stayed in school did not want to take science subjects. The perception was that girls are made for marriage and therefore it is not important for them to study too much,” explains Ms. Das.…, Support from all fronts builds strong foundation for Ayesha, Ayesha has always been different, says her father who teaches all his three children – Ayesha and her two brothers – his trade. At home, Ayesha’s father teaches her how electric appliances work and how to fix them, complementing what she learns in school. At home, Ayesha’s father teaches her how electric appliances work and how to fix them,…