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.