Office of the Deputy Chief Minister,
Government of Delhi
11th October, 2019
Delhi Government schools to introduce STEM learning for girls in collaboration with EY
Delhi Government launches EY’s STEM Tribe Platform to bridge gender disparity in the field of technology.
“Stereotypes like boys for science and girls for humanities need to be broken now,”said Dy CM Manish Sisodia
“In India, only two percent of the CEOs are female. And only one percent of the CFOs are female. We need to create more opportunities for girls in schools to bridge gender gaps ,” said Dy CM Manish Sisodia
New Delhi: The Delhi Government in partnership with EY launched a technology platform for students of its schools to enable STEM(science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning for girls in 13-18 years age group. This is aimed at encouraging girls to pursue high-growth careers.
India is the first country where global initiative to provide an entertaining STEM learning opportunities is launched by EY. This will cover over 6,000 girls in Delhi NCR region in the first phase of which about 1000 would be from Delhi Government schools. The other cities where it would be launched are Seattle and Atlanta.
Highlighting the need for encouragement of female students to take up Science subjects, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia said, “In India, only two percent of the CEOs are female. And only one percent of the CFOs are female. Higher secondary classes of Delhi government schools have 57 percent girl students while only 43 percent of them are in science stream. This situation and stereotypes like boys for science and girls for humanities need to be broken now. And as part of this vision, we are introducing STEM Education for girls in Delhi Government schools in partnership with EY. Through the EY STEM Tribe platform we want to encourage our girl students to acquire 21st century skills necessary to secure jobs not just in India, but globally. We want more girls to be inspired to pursue science and related subjects.”
The platform forms a part of EY’s global Women in Technology movement, aimed at accelerating gender parity in the technology space and reinforcing the organization’s purpose of building a better working world.
The mobile app under this program is available free of cost for girls. It includes modules on science, such as climate change, space exploration; technology, such as artificial intelligence, 3D printing or blockchain; the future of work and skills that may be required for future; and inspirational stories of women in STEM. Parents and teachers will also have access to the platform to highlight the need for them to encourage girls to explore STEM as a career choice.