At the request of Guatemala’s Ambassador to UNESCO, on June 9, Chargé d’Affaires Hegadorn, along with Ambassador of Panama to UNESCO Flavio Méndez, and UNESCO Education for Inclusion and Gender Equality Section Chief Justine Sass, briefed the First Lady of Guatemala Patricia de Morales on the TeachHer public-private partnership aimed at encouraging adolescent girls to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Design, and Math (STEAM).
In anticipation of another Central America regional TeachHer training session in October 2017 hosted by the Government of Panama, Chargé Hegadorn briefed the First Lady on the status of the partnership. Explaining TeachHer’s goal of narrowing the gender gap in STEAM education and careers, he highlighted efforts in the region to create a master class of TeachHer educators to champion STEAM in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. Citing the strong and determined support given for the effort by the First Lady of Costa Rica, including her coming to Paris to help launch the partnership in June of 2016, the Chargé encouraged Mme de Morales to similarly support the effort within Guatemala and within the region.
First Lady Morales, who was familiar with the partnership and the San Jose training, responded with enthusiasm and strong interest. She spoke of her desire to help young girls pursue STEAM careers and commended the efforts of the TeachHer partnership, especially in the LAC region.
First Lady Morales pledged her full support to continuing the initiative and accepted Ambassador Méndez’s invitation to attend the opening ceremony for the Panama session, which is expected to take place on October 22, 2017. More information about TeachHer is located on the U.S. Mission website.