OUR STORY

We started Taungana to meet a few key challenges.

WHY STEM?

Africa is a developing continent with a great need for development in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics domains.

UNESCO stated in 2014 that 2.5 million new engineers and technicians are required in sub-Saharan Africa to provide the clean water and sanitation the continent desperately needs.

We are falling well short of these targets, and this is why we exist.

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WHY GIRLS?

Because females remain hugely under-represented in STEM fields in Africa. And globally - in the United States women hold only 25% of STEM jobs, while in the UK this number is 16% (excluding medicine). To foster innovation and economic development in African countries, it is important to bring women to the STEM problem-solving table.

WHY RURAL COMMUNITIES?

63% of sub-Saharan Africa is classified as rural. Access to information and exposure to the application of STEM education in career paths remains extremely limited for students who live outside of our continent’s major cities.

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OUR TEAM

SANDRA TERERAI, Founder

Sandra is a food scientist who is passionate about financial independence for women through powerful careers in the fields of STEM and entrepreneurship. She would like to widen the reality of girls and women through exposure to powerful narratives and experiences that would ordinarily not have been a part of their cumulative life journey. Recognising the role STEM plays in the development of African communities, Sandra is convinced that promoting entrepreneurial STEM activities for African high school girls and women from different geographies is a powerful way to realise this.

NOMSO KANA, Programme Director

Nomso Kana is a chemistry postgraduate, Techwomen alumni, Technovation challenge coordinator, passionate STEM advocate and registered Medical Biology scientist. She believes that as Africa develops there is a need for technical and innovative minds to facilitate and participate in rapid change. Nomso believes technical minds and leaders are necessary, to investigate and come up with new ideas and understandings for the African landscape and ensure international competitiveness.