The program will benefit more than 13,500 students in 130 high schools and colleges

India, Arunachal Pradesh, Itangar, May 4, 2022: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced cooperation with the Department of School Education in Arunachal Pradesh to implement the IBM STEM program for girls in more than 130 high schools and colleges in 15 areas in the country. In this effort, more than 13,500 students studying between 8th and 10th grade will be exposed to digital fluency, coding skills training and 21st century skills, including life and career skills. The expansion of the STEM For Girls program in Arunachal Pradesh is part of IBM’s commitment to training 30 million people worldwide by 2030.

The curriculum introduced by IBM STEM for girls will coordinate and complement the state’s efforts to offer quality education. This initiative is part of a three-year program between IBM and the government, with Quest Alliance and Alombro Mayu Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA) as implementation partners to further increase the participation of girls and women in STEM careers. AMYAA will hire facilitators to support school processes, and will strengthen advocacy and liaise with education staff to implement the program.

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Students will have access to curricula in a variety of settings, including through IBM SkillsBuild, which provides learners with coursework that provides an introduction to key technologies used in many industries, such as cloud computing and AI.

Ms. Padmini Singla, IAS, Secretary of Education, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, said: “We are extremely proud to launch the IBM STEM program for girls in the state. We believe that the goal of education is to create a platform for independent thinkers and innovators. The state will continue to focus on improving basic literacy and numeracy, early childhood care and education, governance and digital education, and will focus on improving vocational and teacher education.

Sandip Patel, Managing Director, IBM India, said: “Through our IBM STEM for Girls initiative, we are reaching out to subway students to offer a comprehensive program to develop knowledge, learn new technology and help girls to make informed career choices with the input of IBM mentors. We strive to work in partnership with the Arunachal Pradesh government to advocate, raise awareness and sensitize the school system, teachers and educators on inclusive practices to promote girls in technology.

The program also aims to build a state resource group that includes teachers and educators in various fields. The group will lead efforts to build teacher capacity and implement the program in 130 schools. Through this program, we will also enable 650 teachers in intervention schools and enable them to become 21st century teachers. This program will allow teachers to engage / train students in computational thinking, STEM and girls’ agency development. These schools will act as exemplary schools demonstrating a curriculum for coding, STEM and life and career skills training as part of the classroom curriculum. This initiative focuses on involving teachers in the joint creation of appropriate educational materials to advance computational thinking and the development of 21st century skills at secondary and tertiary levels. The IBM STEM program for girls, which is currently running in 13 states, has successfully engaged hundreds of thousands of students. Participating countries include Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Odisha, Assam, Bihar, Utarakhand and Nagaland.

IBM launches STEM For Girls program in Arunachal Pradesh

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