IBM Expands STEM Program for Girls in Nagaland; 12,000 students in 250 schools will benefit

This is part of IBM’s groundbreaking commitment to empower 30 million people of all ages worldwide by 2030 with the new skills needed for tomorrow’s jobs

This is part of IBM’s groundbreaking commitment to empower 30 million people of all ages worldwide by 2030 with the new skills needed for tomorrow’s jobs

Bengaluru

IBM on Thursday partnered with the Department of School Education Nagaland to roll out the IBM STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program for girls in over 250 secondary and upper secondary schools in 15 counties across the state.

The program would help over 12,000 girls studying between 8th and 10th grade gain access to digital fluency, coding skills, 21st century skills including life and career skills, IBM said in a statement.

The collaboration is part of a three-year program between IBM and the Nagaland State Government, with the QUEST Alliance and YouthNet as implementing partners, to increase girls’ and women’s participation in STEM careers. The program also aims to empower nearly 1,400 teachers in participating schools to engage and train students in computer thinking, STEM and girls’ story development. Educators will use IBM SkillsBuild (skillsbuild.org), a program that includes online coursework and tools to interact with students as per IBM.

Kevileno Angami, Special Secretary of the Nagaland Government, “The IBM STEM program for girls will help young learners become problem solvers. We hope that in the coming days our children will create jobs and that we will nurture citizens who are problem-solvers and think outside the box.”

Sandip Patel, Managing Director, IBM India said: “With the expansion of our STEM program for girls in Nagaland, we have expanded our footprint to 12 states across India. This is part of IBM’s groundbreaking commitment to equip 30 million people of all ages worldwide with the skills needed for tomorrow’s jobs by 2030.”

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