IBM has collaborated with the Department of School Education in Arunachal Pradesh to introduce the IBM STEM, a program for Girls in more than 130 secondary and higher secondary schools across 15 districts in the state. The initiative will cater to more than 13,500 students from 8th to 10th grade. The STEM For Girls is a part of IBM’s commitment to skilling 30 million people worldwide by 2030.
“Through our IBM STEM For Girls initiative, we are reaching out to students beyond metros to offer a holistic knowledge development program, training in new-age technologies, and help girls make informed career choices with the input of mentors from IBM. We aim to work in partnership with the Arunachal Pradesh State government to advocate, spread awareness and sensitize the school system, teachers, and educators on inclusive practices for promoting girls in the field of technology,” said Sandip Patel, MD, IBM India.
The curriculum introduced by IBM STEM For Girls will supplement the state’s efforts toward offering quality education. This initiative is part of a three-year program between IBM and the state government, with Quest Alliance and Alombro Mayu Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA) as the implementation partners, to further help increase the participation of girl children and women in STEM careers.
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“We are extremely proud to launch the IBM STEM For Girls program in the state. We believe that the purpose of education is to create a platform for independent thinkers and innovators. The state will continue to focus on improving foundational literacy and numeracy, early childhood care and education, governance and digital education and emphasize improving vocational and teacher education,” said Padmini Singla, IAS, Secretary-Education, Arunachal Pradesh said.
Students will be able to access the curriculum in multiple settings, including via IBM SkillsBuild, which provides learners with coursework that provides introductions to foundational technologies used in many industries, such as cloud computing and AI.