10,000 girls to benefit from ‘Girls4Tech’ programme in Jammu - education
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10,000 girls to benefit from ‘Girls4Tech’ programme in Jammu – education

Some 10,000 girls will benefit from the ‘Girls4Tech’ program, which is being implemented in 100 government schools in three districts of the Jammu region, an official spokesperson said.

The Jammu Directorate of School Education (DSEJ), in collaboration with the American India Foundation (AIF), will implement the program in the districts of Jammu, Kathua and Samba, he said.

He said it is an award-winning educational program aimed at creating ‘problem solvers’ and allowing students to discover a variety of science technology math and engineering (STEM) careers, such as fraud detective, data scientist and software engineer.

“This will improve the path not only to STEM, but to a promising future for girls,” the spokesperson said. “Under this program, IDA will conduct online training sessions for girls, in addition to providing relevant teaching-learning materials to teachers and schools,” the spokesperson said. He said that through its educational interventions, AIF works with children studying in grades 6-10 and strives to create an effective and integrated STEM learning environment.

“By fostering cooperation and collaboration among students, the intervention also strengthens the capacity of government school teachers in STEM, the use of technology and teaching and learning materials (TLM) to improve learning outcomes of children, ”the spokesman said. He said the initiative would be overseen by the Jammu School Education Directorate Advisory Unit.

Building on the initiative, Director of School Education, Jammu, Anuradha Gupta said that girls’ participation and awareness in STEM-related careers in India is not up to par and that with the fast-moving economy, it is important to provide equal access to quality education for women at all levels.

“Career and career guidance integrated with the STEM approach can go a long way toward achieving this goal,” he said.

Thanking the Director of the Guidance and Counseling Cell, Romesh Kumar, Gupta said that this program will not only bring rural female students on par with their urban counterparts by exposing them to world-class technology curriculum, but will also sensitize them about cyber security.

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