On June 14, 2016 the U.S. Mission to UNESCO and its partners announce the launch of TeachHer, a public-private partnership aimed at encouraging adolescent girls to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Design, and Math (STEAM) careers.
Improving educational outcomes for women and girls is a powerful force for achieving transformational progress in developing countries, ending poverty, and ensuring a life of dignity for all. With women in STEAM careers earning 33% more than their non-tech counterparts, an expanded pool of girls and women in STEAM-related fields offers a significant tool for national governments to promote sustainable development.
Research shows that if girls are not exposed to the opportunities that STEAM careers offer by the end of middle school, they are unlikely to pursue education and careers in these fields.
TeachHer will work with target Member States, UNESCO regional field offices and institutes, and NGO leaders in STEAM training to implement and promote programs that will support girls’ education in STEAM. The focus will be on developing a master corps of gender sensitive STEAM teachers who will tangibly increase the number of adolescent girls interested in pursuing STEAM careers, along with ongoing professional development and networking for teachers.
Remarks by Ambassador Crystal Nix Hines (PDF 184 KB)