Building peace in the minds of men and women

Girls’ and women’s education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

Key initiatives

Teacher training

  • TeachHer: The TeachHer initiative is a public-private partnership launched by the U.S. Mission to UNESCO. It mobilizes private and public supporters to encourage adolescent girls to pursue STEM, including arts/design, careers. The initiative aims to create a master corps of gender-responsive educators, administrators and policy-makers to inspire and empower girls to become leaders in the future in these fields. To date, TeachHer has trained over 300 educators in Africa and Central America and held four regional training sessions, equipping teachers with the skills needed to deliver innovative and hands-on instruction for young women.
  • Gender-responsive STEM Education in Africa: Building on the success of TeachHer, and with financial support from the Government of Japan, UNESCO is strengthening the national capacity of education stakeholders in francophone and anglophone countries in Africa through regional trainings and the development of tools. So far, around 200 teachers, teacher trainers, school administrators and government partners from 21 countries have received training, and a corps of Master Trainers has been established to support local capacity-development efforts. A training package and an accompanying advocacy toolkit have been developed to facilitate the application of efforts to provide quality gender-responsive STEM education, and close gender gaps in STEM studies and careers. This work is being carried out in cooperation with national and regional partners including the Ministry of Education of Senegal and Rwanda, the Institut de la Francophonie pour l'éducation et la formation (IFEF), the African Union’s International Centre for Girls’ and Women’s Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA), Microsoft, and the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE).
  • Resource guide: building girls’ interest in STEM education

Digital skills development

  • EQUALS Skills Coalition: ICTs are increasingly important for education and the world of work. In particular, digital skills are central to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Ensuring that everyone has the necessary digital skills to succeed in today’s technology-driven world is of global importance. As a co-chair of the EQUALS Skills Coalition, UNESCO aims to empower women and girls in acquiring basic competences and digital skills to help close the digital divide.

International Symposium and Policy Forum

  • UNESCO International Symposium and Policy Forum. Cracking the code : girls' education in STEM took place on 28-30 August 2017 in Bangkok.
    See dedicated web page.