UNESCO - Girls' Education in STEM

STELR Program manager, Pennie Stoyles, was invited to attend and present at UNESCO’s International Symposium and Policy Forum on ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’ in Bangkok between Aug 28-30.

This event brought together nearly 350 delegates from over 70 countries including: the Ministry of education and other officials; education practitioners and educators; researchers and experts; representatives of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations; development partners; civil society representatives; private sector stakeholders and others. 

The symposium coincided with the launch of a paper by Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO.

The report found that:

‘Despite advances in getting girls into school, significant gender disparities persist. Socio-economic, cultural and other obstacles still prevent female learners from completing or benefiting fully from good quality education of their choice in many settings. Globally, there is a stark gender divide in STEM fields, not only diminishing personal dreams, but obstructing global development.'

Key findings of the report can be found here.