IBM & Nagaland government to offer STEM education to girls

March 25, 2022

IBM in collaboration with the Department of School Education Nagaland is set to introduce IBM STEM for Girls program in more than 250 secondary and higher secondary schools across 15 districts across the State.

The curriculum is designed to supplement the State’s efforts towards quality education, according to IBM. This program aims to help over 12,000 girls studying between grades 8 and 10 with access to digital fluency, coding skills training, 21st-century skills, including life and career skills. The program also hopes to empower nearly 1,400 teachers in the participating schools to engage and train students on computational thinking, STEM, and agency development for girls. Educators will use IBM SkillsBuild (skillsbuild.org), a program that includes online coursework and tools to engage with students.

This is a three-year program between IBM and Nagaland State Government, with the QUEST Alliance and YouthNet as an implementation partner, to increase the participation of girl children and women in STEM careers.

Kevileno Angami, Special Secretary, Government of Nagaland, “We hope that in the days to come, our children become job creators, and we nurture citizens who will be able to solve problems and think out of the box.”

Sandip Patel, Managing Director, IBM India said, “With the expansion of our STEM for Girls program in Nagaland, we have increased our footprint to 12 states across India. We want to provide 30 million people of all ages worldwide with new skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow by 2030. With these engagements our commitment is to skill students beyond metros and tap into the rich talent pool from various states and cities.

“Along with the Department of School Education Nagaland, we will organize technology boot camps and offer a hands-on learning experience for school students to develop strong computational thinking, understand concepts in cognitive technologies, AI and data analysis, and the skills required for the future,” he said. 

Also read: IBM collaborates with IIT-Madras to augment selective courses

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