Education of Girls and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

UNESCO supports countries’ capacities to deliver gender-responsive STEM education. With financial support from partners, including the Japanese government and other donors, UNESCO is building teacher capacity in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

Regional trainings held in Francophone and Anglophone countries in Africa have so far reached more than 350 teachers, teacher trainers, school administrators and government partners from 21 countries, resulting in the establishment of a corps of teachers trainers who support local capacity development efforts. A training package accompanied by an advocacy toolkit has been developed to facilitate quality, gender-responsive STEM education and to close gender gaps in STEM studies and careers. This work is the result of collaboration with national and regional partners, including the Ministries of Education of Senegal and Rwanda, the Institut de la Francophonie pour l’√©ducation et la formation (IFEF), the International Center for the African Union for Girls’ and Women’s Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA), Microsoft and the Forum for African Women in Education (FAWE).

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