Mastercard has launched a new online learning programme to ensure that girls can continue learning about STEM remotely.
Girls4Tech Connect is a STEM curriculum complete with creative educational resources designed to help parents and teachers engage and inspire kids, ages 8-12. In addition, Mastercard has teamed up with education platform Scholastic to offer activities and lessons that teachers and parents can download to guide online lessons.
New activities will be posted on a weekly basis at the Girls4Tech website as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Lessons are currently available in English, but plans are underway to add provide content in Spanish and Chinese languages as well.
Girls in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is still a minority and often misrepresented in Africa. Mastercard hopes that these educational activities will enable young people to discover a range of STEM careers, such as Fraud Detective, Data Scientist and Software Engineer.
“We know that these are challenging times for parents and teachers on many fronts and hope that these learning resources are a fun way to engage and inspire kids about STEM while at home,” says Ifeoma Dozie, Director, Marketing and Communications, Mastercard Sub-Saharan Africa.
“The easy access to the website enhances what we’ve done in so many workshops. We look forward to building on both efforts when it’s once again safe to gather in person.”
Girls4Tech was launched six years ago “with the goal of inspiring more girls to pursue STEM careers and reduce the gender gap in these fields”. So far, the programme has gaged more than 800,000 students across the globe representing 27 countries and 6 continents.
The programme has engaged more than 4,400 employee mentors worldwide. It has also been extended to girls ages 13-16 with Girls4Tech 2.0, as well as a 20-week coding program, Girls4Tech & Code for girls 8-10.
Last year, the programme launched a new curriculum to give students deeper exposure to the growing fields of cybersecurity and AI.
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