The U.S. Mission to UNESCO showcased the TeachHer public-private partnership at UNESCO’s first international symposium and policy forum on girls’ education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The forum, held in Bangkok, Thailand, examined the social and structural barriers that hinder the education of girls and young women in STEM fields.
The TeachHer public-private partnership was featured as an innovative strategy to build a master corps of gender-responsive educators, administrators, and policy-makers who inspire and empower girls (focused on ages 13-16) to be STEAM leaders (STEM, including Art/design). Experts and TeachHer leaders from the Institute of International Education (IIE), the UNESCO Division for Gender Equality, the Latin American Institute of Social Sciences, and the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA), presented their experiences with the program and reiterated the importance of partnership, cross-sectoral learning, and cooperation to improve education outcomes for girls and women.
TeachHer is a multi-regional program, which has trained over 250 educators across 18 countries in Africa and Central America since its 2016 launch. Working with core partners and private sector donors, such as Microsoft and Fitbit, TeachHer is equipping educators to deliver innovative, hands-on instruction for adolescent girls, opening the door to high-demand, high-paying STEAM careers in fields where women are greatly under-represented.
Later this year, Panama will host a training for educators from eight Central American countries. In 2018, the Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA), with funding from the Government of Japan, will organize additional trainings in Africa for French-speaking educators.