Changing mindsets one girl at a time

Grace Natenza – community leadership winner

Grace is a graduate teacher in Physics and Math.  She has taught in various schools since 2013 before joining the energy sector in 2018.

As a teacher of Physics and Math, most of her role was to inspire and encourage girls to pick up STEM (Science, technology, and mathematics) subjects.

“My major inspiration is teaching and nurturing others to change their lives. I got my inspiration as I was working with Enlight Institute as the lead technical trainer” says Grace.

This new role gave her a huge opportunity to learn a lot through hands-on training with experienced solar practitioners in remote areas. At first, it was challenging she says especially in using tools, and climbing ladders on tall buildings as compared to her classroom experience but she loved it.

“Eventually I realised that the energy sector is mostly dominated by men, which motivated me to join indoor to become a role model and inspire many girls who think these technical fields are for men” explains Grace.

At Enlight, they visit rural areas and scout for young people who are unemployed and equip them with technical skills in installing, servicing, and maintenance of solar systems, thereby increasing access to energy and youth employment.

The other interesting part is that a lot of women are drawn to join when they attend our training which at times involves climbing roofs and laying electrical wires.

Grace was elated as she received the award in Community Leadership at the Women in Energy Awards held in Kampala.

By Women in Energy Media Team

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