Suva, Fiji – To spark an curiosity in Science, Know-how, Engineering, Arts and Arithmetic (STEAM) topics for highschool women in Fiji and Tonga, the U.S. Embassy as we speak awarded a grant of US$100,000 to native civil society group FJ Steam Princess. In collaboration with the College of the South Pacific, the grant will fund a collection of camps that may encourage college students to contemplate STEAM careers in a enjoyable and inventive method.
U.S. Division of State’s Chief Info Officer Dr. Kelly Fletcher famous that these STEAM Camps for highschool women in Fiji and Tonga will spotlight the creativity and enjoyable in STEAM ideas and encourage women to pursue future research and careers in STEAM.
“Because the Chief Info Officer for the U.S. Division of State, and as a girl who holds each a Ph.D. and a bachelor’s diploma in civil and environmental engineering, I can communicate personally to the significance of encouraging younger ladies to pursue future research and careers in STEAM fields.”
Final month, the Biden-Harris Administration launched the first-ever U.S. government-wide Nationwide Technique on Gender Fairness and Equality. A key strategic precedence on this plan is to shut gender gaps in Science, Know-how, Engineering, and Arithmetic fields each inside the US and globally.
Within the U.S., there are extra ladies attending faculty and graduate college than males and an growing quantity are venturing into the STEAM fields, which have been historically male dominated. The USA is devoted to persevering with to push for higher fairness for Ladies in STEAM everywhere in the world. “Empowering women in native communities at an early age to reap the benefits of STEAM alternatives will assist Fiji and Tonga construct a affluent future. With urgent points throughout the Pacific area, from the climate to the setting, from rising well being considerations to community challenges, STEAM ideas supply resilient, wholesome, and sustainable strategies of enhancing dwelling requirements, each regionally and regionally,” stated Dr. Fletcher.
The 2023 STEAM Camp builds on a 2020 pilot undertaking with the identical companions, who held a profitable boot camp for 50 women from throughout Fiji. Funded by the Division of State’s Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy (R), this grant is a part of a PD initiative to increase instructional alternatives for youth to fulfill twenty first century workforce wants, whereas additionally selling inclusive financial progress within the Pacific area.