STEM for Girls (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) is an initiative of IBM, supported by QUEST Alliance and DEF. It is a school based programme focused on life skills, career guidance, digital literacy and coding skills. Teachers from 53 schools across districts of Guwahati attended a training programme from January 21-22. They were trained about the project and its key components. This will then be taught to students of class 8 and 9 in 63 schools across 4 districts.
Prior to the teachers’ training, the facilitators visited their respective schools to introduce the project and its deliverables with the Principals and teachers. They also interacted with students; nominated teachers for the training.
Further the DEF met with the Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan official and the facilitators from Nagaon and Morigaon. The objective of the visit was to share the problems faced with schools, and discuss the way forward.
From January 17-21, the facilitators across districts attended the residential training conducted by Quest Alliance regarding the course content, their roles and responsibilities and way forward. There were sessions on gender, technology, coding and 21st century skills as well.
Now, there will be joint visits to meet the facilitators across districts to orient them; discuss about their challenges so far, and the way forward. The facilitators will attend a five day non- residential training session in Guwahati, where they will be trained about the project. More schools will be identified across districts for maximum outreach.