Consistent with the mandate of UNESCO and with the strong support of its Member States, the TeachHer public-private partnership was launched in June 2016 by the U.S. Mission to UNESCO in the presence of the Director General of UNESCO, the First Lady of Costa Rica, the Second Lady of the United States, and a host of private and public supporters and contributors. Its goal was to create a master corps of gender-responsive educators, administrators, and policy makers who would inspire and empower girls to become Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Design, and Math (STEAM) leaders.
Working alongside core partners like the Institute of International Education (IIE), UNESCO, Microsoft, Fitbit, private foundations, and many others, TeachHer has equipped educators with the skills needed to deliver innovative, hands-on instruction for adolescent girls between the ages of 12-16, in order to open doors to high-demand STEAM careers where women remain greatly underrepresented.
The TeachHer partnership has already trained over 300 educators in Africa and Central America via four separate regional training sessions. Enjoining teachers, administrators and education ministry officials, TeachHer encourages sustainability via national ownership and policy planning, multilateral and institutional support, and sustained engagement via regional networks. So far, educators and officials from ten countries in Africa (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) and eight in Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama) have been trained. And, TeachHer has been integrated into UNESCO’s future programming.
For the full report on the 2016-2017 TeachHer Pilot phase, please visit https://unesco.usmission.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/201/TeachHer-Summary-Dec-2017.pdf