In 2004, the Ministry of Higher Education introduced a Female Science and Technology Postgraduate Scholarship to scale – up female participation in pedagogy science fields.
As a result of low ratios of females compared to males progressing to postgraduate level in science related fields, the Ministry designed a supportive pedagogy platform to encourage female participation so as to increase the ratio of candidates.
In 2019, the scholarship guide was reviewed to incorporate males at a ratio of 70 females to 30 males, with such a development, the name then changed to the “Science and Technology Postgraduate Scholarship.”
The scholarship is literally a grant, meant to help increase the number of females in the science fields, and from inception to date the scholarship has supported 105 candidates with 17 males and 88 females in identified thematic fields that are given priority for study on the scholarship.
In order to attain a smart and value centered practicable vision and course of action, MoHE has provided attainable result oriented guidance on the scholarship and sponsored candidates are making a difference, contributing in various sectors of government departments.
In 2007, Dr. Vivian Mwangala a Public Health Researcher Worker at Ndola Central Hospital was sponsored to pursue her studies in Public Health at Master’s Degree level in the field of Public Health Studies.
Dr. Vivian Mwangala attests that after completing her Post Graduate in Public Health field, she now perceives a big difference in skills application and decision making in her daily duties. The qualification has earned her a wide scope of knowledge base in her area of study and now oversees a health program at the hospital that encompasses non-communicable diseases, research work, and actively participates in training students.
Another beneficiary is Salome Chilufya Mulikita, being a biology school teacher did not stop her thinking big towards achieving that which she saw ahead. When she caught an eye of the Female Science and Technology Postgraduate Scholarship programme, she reluctantly attempted but was encouraged by her supervisor to apply for the scholarship.
In 2018, Salome was offered a scholarship to pursue her studies in Bio Technology a Master programme at the University of Zambia. Salome recalls benefits of acquiring wide knowledge and skills of research work that now she applies in her career at the Copperbelt University (CBU) as a lecturer.
Indeed, today, Salome has realized her vision as an academician at one of the top institutions of higher learning in the country, CBU, a realized big dream she foresaw.
One more vibrant female candidate sponsored under the Female Science and Technology Postgraduate Scholarship is Dr. Womba Kadochi, a Senior Registrar in Surgery stationed at the Roan General Hospital in Luanshya. Dr. Womba commended the Ministry of Higher Education for the generosity anchored on finding best solutions to extend support to females and in particular herself.
Dr. Womba in her flash back memories said the Ministry of Higher Education provided support that she could have not furnished on one’s resources, the scholarship provided her book allowances, tuition fees, and accommodation.
Back in time, energetic Womba recalls her good performance in Math and Physics in school consistently sustaining her grades through to tertiary academic level, with such a back drop, Womba believed she then could use her gift in her career hence rode on an arisen scholarship opportunity to explore more on the medicine field of study.
Dr. Womba, now heavily involved in research, is still happily working at Roan General Hospital even after acquiring her Masters qualification. She is now by virtue of her position teaching, spending time with clinical officers and junior doctors providing guidance.
The Ministry of Higher Education will continue to implement policies on Higher Education, Skills Development, and Science, Technology and Innovation so as to increase and Improve research and development, and innovations in the science mathematics and engineering fields in the country.