Organizations doing amazing things to advance girls’ education in STEM

Organizations doing amazing things to advance girls’ education in STEM

The UNESCO International Symposium and Policy Forum, “Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM” is fast approaching.

This week, we’re providing a preview of the many organizations and initiatives we’ll be showcasing during the three-day event in Bangkok. Share these stories of organizations doing amazing things to advance girls’ education in STEM using the hashtags #GirlsCrackTheCode and #BrightGirls.

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Little Adventures

Sesame Street’s unique initiative to tackle gender inequality in STEM

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Little Adventures is bringing some of the coolest things about our world - like gravity, buoyancy, space and motion - out of the classroom and into the living room and is challenging gender inequality at the same time. A multi-media initiative developed by the creators of the iconic children’s show Sesame Street, Little Adventures is tackling the substantial gap between girls’ and boys’ achievement and participation in maths and science. Using Sesame Street’s furry, funny muppets Abby and Lola, it shows girls that science and maths are fun, exciting subjects accessible to everyone. Find out about this and other remarkable initiatives at http://bit.ly/2vVs4vJ.

Little Adventures will be among those sharing their experiences and innovative initiatives practices tackling gender disparities in STEM during next week’s UNESCO’s International Symposium and Policy Forum ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’. Follow here http://bit.ly/2seiliH for news and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for live updates. #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls

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In Little Adventures, Abby & Lola devise everyday #STEM experiments #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2seiliH

Can you tell me how to get to gender equality in STEM? @SesameStreet's unique initiative to help #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2seiliH


Barefoot College

Training women as solar engineers to bring light to their communities

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For more than 40 years, Barefoot College has been doing remarkable things for girls and women in rural locations across the world. They train women as solar engineers, innovators and educators, giving them the tools to transform lives in their villages. Their remote night schools also give girls  working to support their families the opportunity to learn and  break out of the cycle of poverty. Find out about this and other remarkable organizations at http://bit.ly/2vVs4vJ 

Barefoot College will be among those sharing their experiences and innovative initiatives practices tackling gender disparities in STEM during next week’s UNESCO’s International Symposium and Policy Forum ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’. Follow here http://bit.ly/2seiliH for news and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for live updates. #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls

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@BarefootCollege trains women as engineers to break the cycle of poverty & will share how at #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2seiliH

Hear first-hand from @BarefootCollege about their work with women & girls in #STEM at @UNESCO's #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2seiliH


WomEng

Reclaiming the hard hat for a new generation of female engineers 

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Think engineering is for men? Think again. That’s the message from The Think Pink Hard Hat Challenge set up by WomEng. Hands-on workshops encourage 13-17 year old girls to challenge gender stereotypes in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by re-claiming the hard hat as so much more than a symbol of masculinity. Decorated with personal messages, hopes and dreams, these hard hats demonstrate that being a girl in STEM is about much more than gender, it’s about the individual value you can bring to the table. Find out about this and other remarkable organizations at http://bit.ly/2vVs4vJ

WomEng will be among those sharing their experiences and innovative practices tackling gender disparities in STEM at UNESCO’s International Symposium and Policy Forum ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’. Follow here http://bit.ly/2seiliH for news and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for live updates. #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls

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The Think Pink Hard Hat Challenge re-claims the hard hat for women & will share how at #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2seiliH @womeng

Hear first-hand from @womeng about their work with women & girls in #STEM @UNESCO's #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2seiliH 


The Visiola Foundation

Providing STEM degree scholarships for African girls

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The Visiola Foundation just ran a five week coding boot camp for girls from across Africa. Teaching everything from HTML and CSS to server-side development with Node JS, the camp is just one of several initiatives the Visiola Foundation runs alongside its flagship degree scholarship programme. This programme provides scholarships to some of Africa’s top universities for girls and young women wanting to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM). http://bit.ly/2vVs4vJ

The Visiola Foundation will be among those sharing their experiences and innovative practices tackling gender disparities in STEM at UNESCO’s International Symposium and Policy Forum ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’. Follow here http://bit.ly/2seiliH for news and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for live updates. #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls

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The @Visiola_Fdn runs coding boot camps for girls from across Africa & will share how at #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2seiliH

Hear first-hand from the @Visiola_Fdn about their work with women & girls in #STEM at @UNESCO's #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2seiliH


The SeRCH Foundation

Changing the game for girls of colour in STEM

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Women and girls of colour face unique challenges in science, technology, engineering and maths. All too often, these challenges are overlooked by other initiatives aimed at getting girls involved in STEM. The SeRCH Foundation is working to change that. By highlighting stories of women in colour in STEM, the SeRCH Foundation encourages girls and women of colour  to explore STEM and consider pursuing careers in these subjects. Find out about this and other remarkable organizations at http://bit.ly/2vVs4vJ

The SeRCH Foundation will be among those sharing their experiences and innovative practices tackling gender disparities in STEM at UNESCO’s International Symposium and Policy Forum ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’. Follow here http://bit.ly/2seiliH for news and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for live updates. #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls

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Women of colour face unique challenges in #STEM. The SeRCH Foundation is helping  #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2seiliH

Hear first-hand from the SeRCH Foundation about their work with women & girls in #STEM at #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2seiliH


Cooperation in the Caribbean  

Raising the standards of STEM education for girls

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2016 saw the launch of an exciting Education for Sustainable Development Policy in Guyana. Addressing the quality of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education for girls, it recognises that improvements must be made if the Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved. Spearheaded by Guyana’s Ministry of Education, the resulting programme has been expanded to Belize, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Trinidad! STEM training workshops for primary school teachers have also been launched as a result in Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, Dominica, St. Kitts and St. Vincent, empowering mostly female teachers to in turn empower the girls they teach. Find out about this and other remarkable organizations at http://bit.ly/2vVs4vJ

The Ministry of Education for Guyana will be among those sharing their experiences and innovative practices in tackling gender disparities in STEM at UNESCO’s International Symposium and Policy Forum ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’. Follow here http://bit.ly/2seiliH for news and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for live updates. #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls

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Empowering female teachers to empower the girls they teach at @UNESCO's #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2seiliH #BrightGirls

Hear first-hand from the Ministry of Ed Guyana about their work with women & girls in #STEM at #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2seiliH


Maryam Mirzakhani

Mathematician

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Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of mathematician, Maryam Mirzakhani, who passed away recently. We celebrate her legacy below.

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We’re remembering Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal (considered  the “Nobel Prize” of mathematics), who sadly died in July from breast cancer. The Iranian-born mathematician was recognised as a leader in the field of theoretical mathematics and her work impacted many fields beyond mathematics. Prof Dame Frances Kirwan of the University of Oxford praised Maryam’s award win saying, "I hope that this award will inspire lots more girls and young women, in this country and around the world, to believe in their own abilities and aim to be the Fields Medallists of the future." Find out more about other inspiring women at http://bit.ly/2vVs4vJ

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Remembering mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, the 1st woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2seiliH

We celebrate a woman who changed the equation for #WomenInStem: mathematician, Maryam Mirzakhani #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2seiliH


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